[July 25, 2019] Great leaders don’t suddenly arrive on the world’s stage; they work hard to get there. So it was with H. Ross Perot, a complex man of many talents, but because of his daring, I am highlighting him today as one of those special people we should all consider emulating.
A hero in many aspects, Perot was born in Texas and became involved early in the computer business where he made his fortune. Before his computer business venture, he was a Distinguished Boy Scout and U.S. Naval officer; helping establish the Navy’s honor code. Like many others, we saw him in action in 1970 when he attempted to airlift supplies to American POWs in North Vietnam and then again in 1979 when he helped rescue two of his employees that had been imprisoned in Iran (a good article on the rescue can be found here, see link).
“You don’t have to be the biggest to beat the biggest.” – H. Ross Perot
From an early age, it was clear that Ross Perot was someone special. Some of his leadership traits were:
- Man of action
- Highly intelligent
- Determined and highly motivated
- Exceptionally creative and original
- Creative planner, organizer, and superb at carrying out those plans
Ross Perot was small in his physical stature, but he came with a big personality. His wealth, fame, and a confident prescription for the U.S. nation’s economic ills propelled his 1992 presidential campaign. His desire for a better United States is what drove him but being the third-party candidate doomed his presidential candidacy to failure.
The world is better off with people like him. The U.S. media had mixed reviews, but such negative press by the media of great men and women is common. They often get it wrong; as they did with H. Ross Perot. He passed away earlier this month; he was 89.1 Perot was one of the world’s greatest business leaders.