FULL NAME: Dwight David Eisenhower
LIFESPAN: 78 years (1890 – 1969)
TERM: 34th President (R) 1953 – 1961
DEDICATED - wholly committed to an ideal, cause or goal; focused, earnest, determined, persevering.
Leaders who are truly dedicated to a cause and to their followers will persevere in their commitment with fierce determination and enthusiasm. Dedicated leaders believe in what they do and are passionate about what they’re trying to accomplish.
DIPLOMATIC - skilled in handling delicate matters and in dealing well with people; tactful, charming.
Without question, diplomacy is a very useful skill for any leader. Diplomatic leaders are perceptive to individual perspectives and attitudes, and have a knack for pinpointing needs and striking compromise. With effective diplomacy, leaders can skillfully mediate conflict and tactfully handle even the most challenging personalities—a truly critical leadership asset.
JUDICIOUS - having and exercising good judgment; intelligent, strategic, perceptive, wise, sensible, prudent, pragmatic.
Judicious leaders make well-thought-out decisions and plan for long-term results. Strategic and pragmatic, they don’t always pursue the most obvious, less difficult course, but rather the course that fits their best judgment. While not immune to mistakes or poor decisions, their careful thinking and astute observations help judicious leaders succeed again and again.
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum
LOCATION: Abilene, KS
OPENED: November 11, 1954