Publisher's Note: Today's Greenelines is part 2 of a five-part series on Republican presidents noted for their leadership skills. The order of presentation does not reflect a ranking. Read part 1 here.
Dwight D. Eisenhower often described himself as a "simple Kansas farm boy."
When World War II came to an end after his leadership as supreme allied commander of Operation Overlord, he was ready to settle back in Kansas and retire gracefully. America wasn't finished with Ike and elected him to become the 34th President of the United States. He served from 1953-1961.
He was the first president I thought I knew. I liked him as a young kid because my dad did. These were the early days of television and media coverage was respectful and honoring.
I suppose I was drawn to his humor but I also sensed and his biographers agree that he had a way of making people feel loved. He frequently visited his troops and spoke with men one-on-one. He made it clear how much they mattered to him.
"I belonged with the troops," he said. "With them, I was always happy."
My favorite quote from President Eisenhower has always been: "You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that's assault, not leadership."
Many of today's leaders look forward to promotion in order to leave a team. After moving to a greater responsibility, some leaders choose to forget their roots and the people they served.
When Jesus went away, he sent us a Comforter. Though promoted to heaven, Jesus continues to intercede for us today.
"I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, that He may be with you forever" (John 14:16).
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