General Hugh Shelton, U.S. Army

Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

“The following philosophy has served me well for 33 years of service in our Armed Forces. First, if we empower people to do what is legally, ethically, and morally right, there is absolutely no limit to what we can accomplish. Leaders must look to their people and focus on the good. Secondly, leaders must create an environment where people can be all they can be. Lastly, you must treat others as you would have them treat you. A leader must have compassion–a basic respect for dignity of each individual. This is a simple restatement of the Golden Rule–but it is a critical issue.”