Posted by: christopherfeld | April 3, 2011

Thoughts on leadership: John W. Keys III

I learned about key leadership principles from a true leader–John W. Keys III.

Each year, the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University holds an Administrator of the Year Banquet, which honors public and nonprofit administrators that exemplify public service values. The late John W. Keys III. was posthumously honored this year.

Mr. Keys was a true leader. He spent his career working with the Bureau of Reclamation. In 2001, he became commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. Individuals he worked with knew him as John. He wrote caring postcards to his employees, and never forgot the name of their child, spouse, or detail about their lives. He also anonymously set up scholarship funds for individuals to go to college.

These characteristics exemplify leadership. Being a leader means knowing people, spend most of their time on people problems-knowing their concerns, their families. Leading by example by offering scholarships–all true leadership characteristics. What a man.

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