Category Archives: Profiles

Profile: Cyrus the Great

By | January 8, 2014

[January 08, 2014]  Cyrus the Great (also known as Cyrus II of Persia) lived 500 years before Christ, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, and is one of the greatest leaders in all of humankind’s history.  The fact that stories of his leadership exploits have survived this long is testament to the strength of his character and… Read More »

Core Values: The Salvation Army

By | December 21, 2013

[December 21, 2013]  With the holiday season upon us and the bell ringers outside many stores this Christmas season, the most visible as well as an historically successful organization is the Salvation Army.  Founded in 1865 in London by Catherine and William Booth, they sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute, and hungry. Originally a religious effort,… Read More »

Profile: Kim Jong Un

By | December 14, 2013

[December 14, 2013]  Any attempt to profile the leadership characteristics of a leader from a different culture is fraught with uncertainty.  For the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a relatively young and new leader to the country, this is certainly true.  He is an enigmatic figure.  Leaders need to understand how senior leaders from different cultures function… Read More »

Core Values: USAA Insurance

By | December 5, 2013

[December 05, 2013]  Another organization that has been historically successful and displays its core values prominently, is the financial services company USAA (United Services Automobile Association).  In 1922, a group of U.S. Army officers decided to self-insure when they were unable to get auto insurance because they were considered high risk. USAA’s stated core values are: Service Loyalty… Read More »

Profile: The Reverend “Billy” Graham

By | November 29, 2013

[November 29, 2013]  Reverend William “Billy” Graham, Jr.  is a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a large constituency across the U.S. and the Christian world.  He held large indoor and outdoor rallies; sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast today. He is a great communicator with a consistent… Read More »

Profile: Lady Gaga

By | November 10, 2013

[November 10, 2013]  My previous famous leader profiles may have been biased toward world legendary people, all of which proved themselves over decades.  The greatest leaders possess a long-term record of success. However, this profile of “Lady Gaga,” the stage name for a recently famous musician and philanthropist, shows that leaders can have millions of followers if you… Read More »

Core Values: Korean Air

By | November 5, 2013

[November 05, 2013]  As we have seen repeated here, senior executive leadership exhibits itself and its successes in several ways.  Today, I will use Korean Airlines to show senior leader values (see disclaimer below).  Annually, I travel over 125,000 miles by plane.  This level of use gives me an appreciation for good service and how international airline carriers… Read More »

Profile: Mahatma Gandhi

By | October 31, 2013

[October 31, 2013]  Mahatma Gandhi was not only a great leader for the country of India but became one of the most influential leaders in the world.  He showed that a leader can fight for a better world innovatively – in this case, without weapons but with thoughts and beliefs. On the surface, Gandhi appears radically different from… Read More »

Core Values: U.S. Army

By | October 21, 2013

[October 21, 2013]  By discussing core values, it is again easy to select an organization that clearly articulates its values. The U.S. Army has seven values which follow the acronym LDRSHIP.  They are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  There is the expectation that every Soldier, regardless of rank, memorizes and lives by those values.… Read More »