[April 19, 2014] My best friend in high school owned a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair – before the end of our senior year, the car was a heap of trash because of its propensity to roll in a tight turn. That was when I first heard of Ralph Nader, a man who made car safety a calling that eventually put him at the forefront of the consumer-rights movement (I even read his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed). Ralph Nader is a true leader because he lives up to all his principles.
Ralph Nader’s drive was remarkable. He also pushed for greater food safety, tobacco regulation, congressional ethics, and clean air and water. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Nader has thus done the remarkable, both beloved and despised, but few doubt his iconic status as a “public citizen” who has shaped the contemporary regulatory state.
His leadership characteristics are:
- Moral Courage
- Self Confident
- High Moral Character
- High motivation to lead
Like many other successful leaders, Ralph Nader gets high marks for both his consumer-protection successes and for his high moral character. A true leader, unafraid to tell it like it is, and ability to get things done, Nader has been among the best over the past 50 years.
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