Good Leaders Show Compassion

Medal of Honor recipient Army Captain William Swenson served in the battlefield of Afghanistan in 2009. In this video, you will see him going back and forth rescuing the wounded and bringing them to a MedeVac helicopter. The remarkable thing is in this video (taken with a very shaky camera since it was on the helicopter) at about 4:10, you will see him give a kiss on the forehead of his wounded sergeant.

He was later cited for saving many Afghan lives that day.

Victor crew


A mentor is someone who is a trusted counselor or guide; a tutor or coach. It is often used the context of someone more experienced teaching, helping, or guiding a less experienced protege. If someone is being mentored they are the mentee.

Mentoring becomes a partnership between the two parties where one will impart their skills to the lesser experienced partner.

To become a mentor, you should have want to share your knowledge with others, encourage and motivate them, be willing to invest your time, be readily available to answer questions, and figure out if you are the correct mentee for them.

You can figure out how to meet whether it’s in person or via something like Skype or Facetime. You will need to figure out the frequency of your meetings as well. You may want to limit the time frame of the mentoring relationship as well. Remember to keep your meetings confidential.

When you’ve reached the end of the mentoring relationship, you may want to encourage your mentee to go on and become a mentor him/herself.

Quote by John Q. Adams

I read this quote this morning –

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
– John Quincy Adams

It made me think back to a conference I recently attended where I listened to not only Jody Victor but also Kathy, his sons Steve and Joe plus their wives Marcia and Kelli. I was able to observe each of them interact with individuals, groups of people and speak from the stage. I was impressed in all forums with their leadership capabilities.

Each one is a leader by their actions
Each inspires others to dream more
Each instills in other a desire to learn
Each sparks a call within others to act and do more
And each heartens others to become all that they can become