Monday, May 15, 2017

Leadership Think Tank

If I could pick any ten people from the past or present to be in my personal leadership think tank, the list would include:
  1. Jesus Christ
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Winston Churchill
  4. Lee Kuan Yew
  5. Elizabeth I
  6. George Marshall
  7. Nelson Mandela
  8. Dwight Eisenhower
  9. Benjamin Disraeli
  10. Peter Drucker
Who would be in yours?


At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting game. I'm going to try asking this at a party.

Can I ask for Trump to be in my leadership circle?

You seem to have politics, business, and ethics well-covered. What about someone with a technological background? Although maybe Bill Gates' would be better on industry knowledge than the actual technology these days - don't know.

- Bobbo

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


Ray Kurzweil would be an interesting addition.


At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah ha, thought of a master... Jordan B. Peterson. Philosopher of our age. I think I get smarter every time I hear him talk. Having him on my personal brain trust? Wow.


At 12:07 PM, Blogger SippicanCottage said...

Fox Conner. Then you could leave the other 9 slots empty.

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Wally Bock said...

You made this a “leadership” think tank, so I probably wouldn’t want to delete anyone there, but I resonate with the need for technology. Hence, I shall cheat and expand the board to a dozen and suggest two people to fill those slots. Most people will probably recognize Jeff Bezos, but my other recommendation is a bit more obscure: Irving Wladawsky-Berger. For credentials, I point you to the About page on his excellent blog.

Here's a link to today's post to help with my case

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


Not familiar with him. Will check him out.


I've been meaning to read his biography for years. Just ordered it. Fascinating guy.


Thanks for a worthy nominee! I'll do my homework.


At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Wally Bock said...

Further on Fox Conner. I didn’t find his bio nearly has helpful as many other sources. The very best one is a chapter in Eisenhower’s now-impossible-to-find book, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends. There’s a lot of good material in Puryear’s book, 19 Stars, and a “doughboy” on WWI history. Check out this link

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


That's interesting. I recall reading the section in "At Ease." I've also read the material in Puryear's book. Will check out the link you provided.

As I recall, one of the relatively recent Pershing biographies also had some interesting stuff.




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