Category Archives: Profiles

Profile: General Raymond Odierno

By | December 31, 2016

[December 31, 2016]  Ending the month of December with a senior leader’s profile is a good way to push into next year’s leadership topics.  It is somewhat difficult to get an accurate idea of leadership qualities in modern senior leaders due to a number of factors.  However today, I’ll be profiling U.S. Army General Raymond Odierno, who I… Read More »

Profile: Fidel Castro

By | November 29, 2016

[November 29, 2016]  Late last week marked the end of Fidel Castro, who governed the Republic of Cuba from its revolution in 1959 to 2006.  Many senior politicians across the world have marked his death with comments branding Castro as either an enlightened statesman or evil dictator.  But, there are some personal characteristics that can be attributed to… Read More »

Profile:  Hillary Clinton

By | October 21, 2016

[October 21, 2016]  Great leadership means being capable of bringing people together to achieve a common goal.  Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for U.S. president, exemplifies this and other key leader qualities that are traditionally found in those individuals most successful in life and in politics. Clinton was expected to be the Democrat nominee from the beginning of… Read More »

Profile:  Donald Trump

By | October 20, 2016

[October 20, 2016]  Great leaders are those that can simplify complexity and chaos, who can cut through to the heart of an argument, and offer solutions that everyone can understand.  This is what the best leaders from business, the military, and government do day-in and day-out.  Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, is the Republican candidate for U.S. president who… Read More »

Upcoming Profiles on Clinton and Trump

By | October 19, 2016

[October 19, 2016]  Here at, I occasionally write a short “profile” on senior leaders.  Over the next few days I will provide a leader profile on Hillary Clinton and on Donald Trump.  I don’t normally give advanced warning on subject matters but given the interest in this upcoming election and the debate tonight, I thought it appropriate.… Read More »

Profile: Lord Robert Baden-Powell

By | August 17, 2016

[August 17, 2016]  Great leaders are made, not born.  Leaders have been told this from the time they were young children and those who believe it do well because they are proactive, demonstrate ingenuity, personally bravery, and trustworthiness.  Lord Robert Baden-Powell was a British General and founder of the modern Scouting movement.  His outstanding leadership made him a… Read More »

Profile: Idi Amin

By | July 28, 2016

[July 28, 2016]  It is often that we hear about leaders who are evil, often narcissistic, and have caused widespread death and destruction.  It is our responsibility as good leaders to study them; their background, their leadership traits, and their accomplishments.  Idi Amin, President of Uganda 1971-79, is a classic case where culture meets evil and evil wins.… Read More »

Profile: Genghis Khan

By | May 22, 2016

[May 22, 2016]  The special characteristics that exemplify a great leader are no secret.  And so it is with the infamous Genghis Khan; conqueror of more territory than any man and feared by his enemies.  But does he deserve the harsh and unflattering portrayal as a ruthless, bloodthirsty savage like we’ve come to believe? Genghis Kahn, actual name… Read More »

Profile: Ronald Reagan

By | March 17, 2016

[March 17, 2016]  “Trust, but verify.”  This quote is classic Ronald Reagan, 40th President to the United States.  It exemplifies his ability to precisely put his thoughts into short, clear sentences and it tells us he understood the psychology of humans.  Reagan is considered to be one of the best U.S. presidents of the 20th Century and his… Read More »

Profile: Julius Caesar

By | February 10, 2016

[February 10, 2016]  A recent discovery of ancient bones, weapons, and other combat gear from the First Century B.C. has shed new light on Julius Caesar’s conquest of what today is northern Europe.1  Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman statesman, general, author, and dictator.  His conquests on the battlefield and his subsequent political successes have made him famous… Read More »