Tomorrow will mark 78 years since the Japanese army attacked the United States Army at Pearl Harbor. This is a day that lives in infamy.
The attack left thousands dead. 2,403 soldiers, sailors, and civilians were lost. Over 1,000 more were injured.
Photo by Curtis Reese
Pearl Harbor Day is a day to look back. To reflect. And to remember those we lost and the terrible act that caused it.
Looking back on history, we can learn about what happened and how to prevent future attacks. You can also use the reflection of what happened to learn leadership lessons.
Today, I want to look back at what happened on December 7th, 1941. I want to look at it and see what we can learn from this heinous act and how we can become better leaders.
Yesterday, we lost an American hero. Astronaut John Glenn passed away on December 8th, 2016.
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in Space. After Scott Carpenter passed away, John Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven.
Not only did John Glenn go into outer space, he served and retired from the Marine Corps and ran a successful political career winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Looking back on his life, we can find signs of leadership throughout it.
Leadership Lessons From The Life Of John Glenn
1. Leaders quit:
When the Japenese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1942, John Glenn dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He quit something important to join an organization he believed in.
People will often think leaders never quit. That’s far from the truth.
Today is the day many of us in the United States celebrate the sacrifice of those in the military. JMLalonde.com would like to take a moment today and say thank you to all of the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. Your service is duly noted and appreciated.