We recently watched the heart-warming celebrations of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s life.
After the ceremonies, Chris Mathews on MSNBC called Bush “a noble leader”.
Indeed, he had all the qualities of a noble leader, such as
- Serving a HIGHER PURPOSE than just self;
- Being KIND to everyone he met;
(Matthews recalled the kindness of Bush in one of his recent TV programs)
- SEEING and BRINGING out the BEST in everyone whom he encountered;
- Being HUMBLE and taking himself Lightly
(His biographer, Jon Meacham, who gave one of the eulogies at Bush’ s funeral, said that when he read to Bush what he planned to say, Bush remarked, “That’s a lot about me, Jon!”)
At the time of his election in 1988, we were both dismayed by the Willie Horton ad which helped Bush defeat his opponent, Michael Dukakis. The ad showed a photo of Horton, a black convict who was let out of jail for the weekend and then proceeded to rape a woman and brutally beat her husband. Since Horton was black, the ad was widely condemned as “racist”.
When we looked into it more closely, however, we found that Bush neither ordered nor approved the ad. His own campaign’s ad about the Weekend Furlough Program showed a revolving door, but not a photo of Horton. The Willie Horton ad was produced and distributed by a third party.
Thus, we agree with Matthews: George H.W. Bush was indeed a Noble Leader. What a wonderful role model for those who would like to serve others and lead a noble life!
As you probably know by now, we are in the process of writing a book about Noble Leadership tentatively titled “The NOBLE LEADER in an Emergent Reality”.
We have identified 40 Global Noble Leaders mostly in business and have interviewed many of them for the book. Their stories and insights will be a major part of the book.
The book will be published by Outskirts Press in 2019.
Already, we’ve been invited to speak at conferences internationally about Noble Leadership.
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Have a Noble day!
Dar & Ken