George Herbert Walker Bush
LIFESPAN: 89+ years (1924 – )
TERM: 41st President (R) 1989 – 1993
TEAM PLAYER - gladly working in cooperation with others; eagerly joining with others to work for a common purpose or goal; modest; not egocentric or overly concerned with self-promotion; dealing civilly with others, including opponents; diplomatic, respectful, considerate, fair.
Leaders who are team players realize they can only accomplish so much on their own, and they recognize the immense value and importance of working together. With little concern for who gets the credit for success, team players focus on contributing their best for the benefit of all.
STEADFAST - firm in purpose or direction; resolved, unwavering, resolute; holding fast to principles or convictions; faithful, loyal, committed.
Steadfast leaders are dependable and trustworthy. Firm in their decisions and set in purpose, they faithfully fulfill their responsibilities and hold fast to their convictions. Steadfast leaders are neither hesitant to try new things nor eager to enact radical change, instead they pursue a balance of continuity and progress.
COMMITTED TO SERVICE - personally compelled to serve others; possessing a motivating awareness of ethical and civic responsibility; dutiful, patriotic, servant-hearted.
Leaders who are committed to service feel a sense of responsibility for the state of the world and the welfare of others. They desire to use their unique skills, background, and experience to help improve the world around them and to further worthy causes.
COMPASSIONATE - possessing and demonstrating a feeling of deep empathy, understanding, or sorrow for those who are stricken by misfortune; sympathetic, kindhearted, tender.
Compassionate leaders possess a clear understanding of the depths and impact of human emotion. They realize that at the end of the day, everyone is human, and everyone has sorrows and joys, setbacks and triumphs. Compassionate leaders are perceptive and empathetic to the needs and concerns of others, and deal with people with kindness and understanding.
“I have tried to keep my mind open to what other people think, even if I disagree… that’s an element of leadership—not just talking, but listening.”
“I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning.”
“Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.”
George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
LOCATION: College Station, TX
OPENED: November 6, 1997