"Dwight Eisenhower once said of General George C. Marshall that he typified all that we call on or that we look for in what we call an American patriot. The same may be said of Bob Gates." - Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), December 5, 2006

A History of Great Leadership from Yesterday.

A Movement in American Politics for Tomorrow.

Robert Gates

Robert Gates walks in the footsteps of many great individuals who have come before him in service of state and country. Like Gates, their efforts were always for the betterment of those they served, and their leadership helped cement America's position as the leader of the free world. The movement to find a leader for this nation that meets the core values represented by Robert Gates is not something new to the American landscape. We look to those who have served throughout history as gallant gentlemen and ladies of state and draw from their example to guide the kind of pragmatic decision making and solutions-oriented leadership that Robert Gates can bring to the White House. But we also look beyond 2012, as their example offers a standard of leadership that we should seek in all of our elected officials.

Below are examples of some leaders we believe embodied the values Secretary Gates stands for. We invite you to join us on Facebook and discuss these and leaders you believe embody these same traits.

George Marshall

In an age when government is populated by leaky self-promoters, the qualities of George C. Marshall seem quaint. Imagine Henry Kissinger or Bill Clinton turning down million-dollar offers to write their memoirs. Marshall did it repeatedly, explaining to one publisher that he had not served his whole life in government to sell his story to the Saturday Evening Post. The aging general was so self-effacing that as army chief of staff during World War II he refused to be decorated while young men were dying abroad. He was so duty-bound that when President Truman called him out of well-earned retirement after the war to go to China as a special envoy, Marshall instantly said yes, without so much as asking his wife (who was quite bitter about it).

As Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949, he was so unpretentious that he refused a body guard, saying that he would "rather be murdered than embarrassed”. In 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his contributions to the economic rehabilitation of Europe after World War II and his efforts to promote world peace and understanding. He died at Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C., in 1959 – but not before ensuring the stability of Europe and thus national security of the country he loved so dearly.

Source - www.thefreelibrary.com

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Hale's Ford, Virginia, reportedly on April 5, 1856. After emancipation, his family was so poverty stricken that he worked in salt furnaces and coal mines beginning at age nine. Always an intelligent and curious child, he yearned for an education, when he was 16 his parents allowed him to quit work to go to school. They had no money to help him, so he walked 200 miles to attend the Hampton Institute in Virginia and paid his tuition and board there by working as the janitor.

Dedicating himself to the idea that education would raise his people to equality in this country, Washington became a teacher. He first taught in his home town, then at the Hampton Institute, and then in 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Washington’s work was centered on bringing together a wide array of constituents to ultimately advance an agenda of human and constitutional rights for all citizens regardless of race; in a time when America was struggling to reunite amidst the conclusion of the Civil War. His Atlanta Compromise speech explained his major thesis, that the disenfranchised could secure their constitutional rights through their economic and moral advancement. His major achievement was to win over diverse elements among otherwise opposing points of view, without whose support the programs he envisioned and brought into being would have been impossible. He served as a true diplomat and man of consummate character as his body of works shows the many victories for the advancement of rights and equitable opportunity for all.

Source - www.gale.cengage.com

General Colin Powell

General Colin Powell is one of our nation’s most revered and pragmatic patriots. A soldier, statesman, and gentleman – General Powell is a model of service and leadership. He stands out from his peers as being one of the few individuals who can traverse political party lines and lead diverse individuals and organizations. Maybe it's his gifted ability to speak. Perhaps it's his straightforward, charismatic approach. More than likely, it's both these traits and his personal core values that resonate with so many of us. Powell's intelligence, endurance, and committed practice of taking personal responsibility for his actions are refreshing in today's “blame-the-other-person” world.

We know by his past and current actions that Powell is a man of principle and has our country's well being at the forefront of all his decisions. From his military days, to his youth outreach programs, to his service in as the Secretary of State, he continually spearheads the United States' role and responsibility for helping others achieve all they want in their life. This is the true essence of servant leadership.

Source - www.holberton.com

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