A Perfect Example of Positive Leadership from a New Friend in Australia

I spoke with a gentleman from Australia this evening (his morning) whose Father had served in Vietnam in the grand tradition of the Australian-American tried and true military relationship. And he reached out to me to try to take a course at West Point (at my day job) because he is enrolled in Sydney University for his MBA and he wanted to expand his leadership horizons. He also works at a very large international corporation which has also endorsed his travel to the US to pursue this leader development opportunity because of his position as the head of a sales team. His resume is impressive for a young man, and his pursuit of higher education is admirable – but my astonishment is in his focus on leadership. 

He has read countless volumes of books on different wartime engagements, battles, and biographies. He rattled off some names of the ones that impressed him the most – Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton (all West Pointers by the way). And he said, “I just kept seeing West Point show up over and over again, and I am so happy to have the opportunity – even as a civilian – to be able to benefit from training that will help me develop as a ‘leader of character’. It is just who I am, and I don’t mind traveling around the world to get this kind of training at all!” 

He said he was the youngest of three (two older sisters) and one of his sisters was mentally handicapped. It is her struggle to do everything in life (even the basics like speaking and communicating) that allowed him to realize at the age of eleven years, “People do not all have the same opportunity to succeed in life, and those of us who have the ability also have the responsibility to try our best to use our talents for the good of the rest of the population…and give back to those who cannot do what we can.” My reaction: What an inspiring view of the world. 

It isn’t enough to be doing what I am truly great at, but I am humbled to be able to speak to this caliber of human being! Thank you for all who read these posts because I know I am “preaching to the choir” when I share these articles and thoughts, but I have to share these truly amazing moments when I find them.

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West Point Leadership meets the Business World!

An interesting interview between one of the founders of the Thayer Leader Development Group by a trusted source that stays on the cutting edge of business called Managing Americans.

 

William F. Murdy has served as our Chairman of the Board since June 2000, and served as our Chief Executive Officer from June 2000 until December 2011. Prior to joining the Company, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Club Quarters, a privately owned chain of membership hotels. From January 1998 through July 1999, Mr. Murdy served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of LandCare USA, a publicly traded commercial landscape and tree services company. LandCare USA was acquired in July 1999 by another publicly traded company specializing in services to commercial facilities and homeowners. From 1989 through December 1997, Mr. Murdy was President and Chief Executive Officer of General Investment and Development Company, a privately held real estate operating company. From 1981 to 1989, Mr. Murdy served as the Managing General Partner of the Morgan Stanley Venture Capital Fund. From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Murdy served as the Senior Vice President, among other positions, of Pacific Resources, Inc., a publicly traded company involved primarily in petroleum refining and marketing. Mr. Murdy also serves on the Board of Directors of UIL Holdings Corporation and Kaiser Aluminum Corporation. Mr. Murdy is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and of the Harvard Business School. See more at: http://www.comfortsystemsusa.com/corporate/board.php

See even more at: http://www.thayerleaderdevelopment.com/about/founders/item/bill-murdy.html?category_id=51

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