Monday, January 3, 2011

The Deranged Gunman and the Leader

Hopefully you will never be confronted by a "deranged gunman," but there are leadership lessons to be learned from those who have.  Bill Catlette, at ContentedCowsPartners, tell the story of the Superintendent of Schools in Panama City, Florida, when "School Board members held off a deranged gunmen who was seemingly intent on killing them.  One can’t help but be struck by the example of School Board Superintendent, Bill Husfelt, who, despite having a 9mm pistol pointed at him, calmly but decisively told the gunman to let the other school board members leave, since he (not they) was responsible for any beef the man had with the board."

What are the corporate lessons of this story?  Bill says:  "Leaders don’t whine, and they certainly don’t hide behind other people or things when faced with the more difficult aspects of their responsibility. They stand and deliver, not because they are unafraid, but because they know it is the right thing to do. . . ."  Read the full article at Leaders Don’t Duck or Whine.

Perry Cone practices insurance, compliance and government law, and consults for in-house counsel, from the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. He writes from his perspective as a former general counsel, legal executive, and leader in the Florida insurance industry. Visit Perry's blog at

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