When we last left off learning from one of my heroes; retired mega-successful business leader, Le Herron, I said that in our final article about this great man, we’d look at something he told me during our phone conversation. I had the honor of receiving a telephone call from him after he’d heard about the articles I was writing on him (and, yes, he’s just as kind, humble…and wise as he appears to be in his book).
What I’m sharing, with his permission, is the part we talked about — not discussed in the book — regarding the sergeant whose admonition of then Second Lieutenant Herron the former CEO credits with shaping his philosophy of leadership, related in, Making Your Company Human.
Please visit the first post and read the admonition. I’ll wait for you here…….. 🙂
So, what was it Mr. Herron told me that was even more special about this?
Simply that the old sergeant was not only way out of line in criticizing an officer, but in doing so, he was putting himself in a position of demotion and loss of his own freedom.
But, he did it anyway.
Why? And, have you, or someone you know, done something similar? How did it work out for you, for them, and for others?
Personally, while I’d like to think I would…I’m really not sure I’d have had the guts to do what the sergeant did. But I and everyone whose life has ever been touched by Mr. Herron — if they know the story — is glad he did!