By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you appreciate the value of manual labor. Reading time 2:15
The dichotomy was strident: a pristine well-polished, manicured politician vs. a grimy, scrappy dirty-finger nailed coal miner. And the leader is? Yep you guessed it – the coal miner.
Even John F. Kennedy –the well manicured politician—learned something about emotional intelligence in particular and personal leadership in general from that coal miner — a lesson that all leaders need to heed:
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
It happened during the 1960 presidential campaign. Kennedy met the coal miner one day during a campaign swing in West Virginia.
Kennedy wore his $1,000 suit and a $100 haircut . The coal miner wore ragged overalls and coal dust smudges on his face that could not cover the wrinkles of working in the mines all his life. Continue reading