Leadership Profiles

Ulysses S. Grant picked his battles

December 12, 2008

Even in his youth, Ulysses S. Grant picked his battles. Arriving at West Point to study, he decided against arguing with the adjutant about his own name (actually Hiram Ulysses) and accepted the name given to him in a mix-up, realizing it would serve him better than the initials H.U.G.

Jane Addams: ‘truest American’

March 1, 2008
Jane Addams may not be a name you recognize, but she served as one of America’s most influential women and was the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Ahead of her time during the “Gilded Age,” she established Chicago’s Hull House, an inner-city community center prototype. Much of her work became the basis for new laws on child labor, juvenile justice, unemployment insurance and elder care. 

Bill Marriott: folksy and fair

September 1, 2007
Like many leaders, Bill Marriott, the 78-year-old chairman and chief executive of Marriott International, finds it difficult to find time for rest and relaxation. His vacations don’t last more than a week, and then he’s off to check on his hotels. He visits about 300 a year. Besides being restless and exacting, Marriott also possesses these other marks of a leader …

A bit of inspiration for slow starters

October 1, 2006
Baseball legend Willie Mays went 1 for his first 26 at-bats in the majors.