By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to inspire exemplary performance in yourself and others.
“I shall always love you. I will never, ever, ever forget you.”
No that isn’t a line out of a sexy movie or an excerpt from a sensational tabloid, even though those words of love fell gently from the lips of a giant of a man. So passionately. So poignantly.
Significantly, those words gushed from the heart of a General in the United States Army during a public speech he delivered so personally in front of his soldiers and a national television audience. The General pledged that he would always love and never forget his soldiers that he had led to victory in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. General Norman Schwarzkopf was retiring from the army after 31 years.
I was surprised to hear the word “LOVE” expressed so passionately by a General in the United States Army to his troops. But I learned a lot about leadership that day from General Schwarzkopf. I learned that the most effective leaders love and respect their followers and consequently bring out the best in them. Continue reading