This talk leaves me speechless. I literally don't know what to write, other than that this touched my soul.
The world has two sorts of people: those that want to be something, and those that want to do something. The best leaders are those who want to do something, who strive to be worthy of those they wish to lead. The best leaders have a sense of humility - as General Welsh displays through this talk - even when they've got the biggest swinging one around. Especially when they've got the biggest swinging one around.
Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.
— Admiral James B. Stockdale
This is the best fifty minutes you will spend this week, easy.