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A study of key character traits seen during moments of great leadership, demonstrated by the Recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation's heroes. Traits like courage, integrity and selfless service ...

A study of key character traits seen during moments of great leadership, demonstrated by the Recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation's heroes. Traits like courage, integrity and selfless service are hallmarks of true leaders.

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  • Quotation: One things about sacrifice
  • DiscussionWhy did the MOH Recipient do what he did?What would you have done in a similar situation?What leads someone to be that courageous/?What is the role of teamwork and leadership in the MOH Recipient’s story?
  • Discussion:Why did the MOH Recipient do what he did?What would you have done in a similar situation?What guides someone to demonstrate integrity when under great pressure or duress?
  • DiscussionWhy did the MOH Recipient do what he did?What would you have done in a similar situation?What causes someone to be willing to sacrifice themselves to try to save another?What is the role of teamwork and leadership in the MOH recipient’s story?
  • DiscussionWhy did the MOH Recipient do what he did?What would you have done in a similar situation?What leads someone to be that selfless?What is the role of teamwork and leadership in the MOH recipient’s story?
  • DiscussionWhy did the MOH Recipient do what he did?What would you have done in a similar situation?What leads someone to be that committed?What is the role of teamwork and leadership in the MOH recipient’s story?
  • DiscussionWhy did the MOH Recipient do what he did?What would you have done in a similar situation?Who do you consider part of your team? Why?
  • DiscussionWhy did Jenciedo what she did?What would you have done in a similar situation?What leads someone to be that selfless, in a non-combat situation?

Medal of Honor Character Education for business leaders Medal of Honor Character Education for business leaders Presentation Transcript

  • Medal of Honor Legacy Dialogues on Courage, Sacrifice and Selflessness © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Character Crisis • Daily evidence of lack of character – – – – Leadership failures Corporate scandals Politicians in the news Cheating sportsmen • Getting back to basic principles – What is good character? – What is its role in our lives? – Who are our best examples? • Goal: Character roadmap for leaders © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • History of the Medal of Honor • • • • • Established by President Lincoln in 1861 First awarded in 1863 <3500 recipients of the Medal of Honor 79 living Recipients of the Medal of Honor Legacy of the Medal of Honor © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Legacy of the Medal of Honor • • • • • • • Courage Integrity Sacrifice Selfless service Commitment Patriotism Citizenship © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man but he is braver five minutes longer.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I. COURAGE AND INTEGRITY © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Discussion: Courage I. Think of someone you know who has made a profound difference in your life by demonstrating courage. What were the qualities of that person? II. Discuss a time when you did something courageous? (As a rule, if it felt courageous to you—it is.) III. What gets in the way of courage? IV. Does courage have to be limited by these things? V. Quotation about courage: “Courage is knowing when to go. Judgment is knowing when not to go. The mix of the two is leadership.” Please share your reactions to this quotation © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Courage Medal of Honor Focus: Jack Jacobs, Captain, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Element, U.S. Military Assistance Command Kien Phong Province, South Vietnam, 9 March 1968 Jacobs, with the command element of the lead company, directed air strikes on the enemy positions. But when intense fire and heavy casualties to the command group, disorganized friendly troops, Jacobs – though badly wounded and with his vision impaired – assumed command of the allied company, ordered a regrouping of forces, personally evacuated a seriously wounded advisor and administered lifesaving first aid. He then made repeated trips across the fire-swept open rice paddies evacuating the wounded and their weapons, simultaneously encountering and driving off enemy squads, single-handedly killing three and wounding several other enemy soldiers. Video: http://vimeo.com/73861330 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Discussion: Integrity I. II. III. IV. V. Think of several examples of people who are considered to have integrity. What are the common characteristics of those people? When are we called upon to demonstrate integrity in our own lives? What gets in the way of integrity? Does integrity have to be limited by these things? Quotation about integrity: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln Please share your reactions to this quotation © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Integrity Medal of Honor Focus: Clarence Sasser, Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters Co. 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division Ding Tuong Province, Vietnam, 10 January 1968 Clarence Sasser was serving as a medical aidman with Company A, 3d Battalion, on a reconnaissance in force operation. During an air assault, his company came under heavy enemy fire; over thirty casualties were sustained in the first thirty minutes. Without hesitation, Sp5c. Sasser ran across an open rice paddy through a hail of fire to assist the wounded. While providing aid, he was painfully wounded in the left shoulder. Refusing medical attention, he ran through enemy fire to find and aid the wounded. Despite two additional wounds immobilizing his legs he dragged himself through the mud toward another soldier 100 meters away. Although in pain and weak from blood loss, Sp5c. Sasser reached the man, treated him, and proceeded to encourage another group of soldiers to crawl 200 meters to relative safety. There he attended their wounds for several hours until they were evacuated. Video: http://vimeo.com/73856944 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • “Nobody signs up to win the Medal of Honor. You earn it at the intersection of happenstance and hell, and you’re there because that’s what your country has asked of you.” MOH Recipient II. SACRIFICE AND COMMITMENT © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Discussion: Sacrifice/Selflessness I. II. III. IV. V. Do you know someone who has had a positive impact on your life or others’ lives through his or her sacrifice? What were the qualities of that person? What are types of sacrifices we make in our lives? What gets in the way of sacrifice? Does sacrifice have to be limited by these things? Quotation about sacrifice: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan Please share your reactions to this quotation © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Sacrifice Medal of Honor Focus: Salvatore A. Giunta, Specialist, U.S. Army, Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, 2007 After being ambushed by a well-armed insurgent force, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to rescue his squad leader and administer medical aid. Though struck several times, Giunta continued forward, throwing explosives for cover to conceal his position and reach fellow wounded soldiers separated from the squad. Observing two insurgents carrying away an American soldier, Giunta engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other. Upon reaching the wounded soldier, he began medical aid, as his squad caught up and provided security. Video: http://vimeo.com/73383562 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Selflessness Medal of Honor Focus: Tibor Rubin, Corporal, U.S. Army, Co. 1, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division Korea, 23 July 1950-20 April 1953 Liberated from a Nazi War camp in 1945, Tibor Rubin, a Hungarian Jew, made a solemn promise that if he was able to immigrate to the United States he would become a “GI Joe” like the men who freed him. He enlisted in 1950 assigned to the 8th Cavalry Regiment in Korea. In one battle, Rubin singlehandedly inflicted a staggering number of casualties on the attacking enemy, making a determined stand against the enemy. Wounded and captured, he rejected offers from the enemy to return him to his native Hungary. Instead, he remained a prisoner, sneaking out of the POW camp at night foraging food for his comrades. While in the camp, Rubin employed everything he had learned surviving the Holocaust to keep himself and other prisoners alive. Video: http://vimeo.com/73857754 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Discussion: Commitment I. II. III. IV. V. Think of someone you know who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment-whether to a person, an organization, or a cause. What were the qualities of that person? What are the types of commitments we make in our daily lives? What gets in the way of real commitment? Does commitment have to be limited by these things? Quotation about commitment “Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer Please share your reactions to this quotation © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Commitment Medal of Honor Focus: Thomas Kelley, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy River Assault Division 152 Ong Muong Canal, Kien Hoa Province, Vietnam, 15 June 1969 Kelley was commanding a column of eight river-assault craft helping to extract an infantry company when the loading ramp failed on one of the craft. Enemy forces began to target the disabled boat with rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, and mortars. Kelley then ordered the remaining boats to form a protective cordon around the disabled craft, including maneuvering his own craft to the exposed side of the cordon and opening fire on the enemy. When an enemy rocket hit his boat, Kelley sustained a serious head injury from shrapnel. Despite his wounds, Kelley continued directing the other boats until the disabled boat was repaired and the squadron got out of harm’s way. Video: http://vimeo.com/75304837 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Leadership and Loss Medal of Honor Focus: Paul Bucha, Captain, U.S. Army Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airbourne Division Near Phuoc Vinh, South Vietnam, 16- 19 March 1968 While advancing to contact, the lead elements of Bucha’s company became heavily engaged by an estimated battalion-size force. Bucha moved to the threatened area to direct the defense and ordered reinforcements to the aid of the lead element. Bucha single-handedly destroyed the bunker with grenades. He was wounded. When human-wave assaults were launched against his men, Bucha directed an unparalleled defense, ultimately decimating the numerically superior enemy force. Video: http://vimeo.com/71019460 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” John F. Kennedy III. PATRIOTISM AND CITIZENSHIP © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Discussion: Good Citizenship I. II. III. IV. What are examples of behavior that embody “Good citizenship”? What gets in the way of being a good citizen? How can people become better citizens to each other, our communities, and the nation? In small or big ways. Quotation about good citizenship Please share your reactions to this quotation “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't.” Henry Ford © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Good Citizenship Citizen Service Before Self Honoree 2009: Jencie Fagan, Pine Middle School teacher, Reno, Nevada A gym teacher at Pine Middle School in Reno, Jencie was preparing for class when she was startled by the sound of gunshots. In the hallway she discovered an armed 14-year-old boy who had wounded two fellow students and was trying to shoot additional students. Jencie directed nearby children to safety and then, with complete disregard for herself, called out the boy’s name and calmly approached him. By engaging the shooter, she was able to focus his attention on her and away from other children. Jencie convinced him to put down his weapon. She embraced him in a “bear hug” until police and other staff arrived to help. Jencie’s courageous actions prevented a devastating tragedy at the school that day. Video: http://vimeo.com/68797393 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Patriotism Medal of Honor Focus: Sammy Davis, Private First Class, U.S. Army, Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 4th Artillery, 9th Infantry Cai Lay, Vietnam, 18 November 1967 Sammy Davis enlisted in the Army out of high school, following in the footsteps of his father who had been an artilleryman in WW II. Shortly after finishing his training, Sammy asked to be sent to Vietnam. In November, 1967, during an all night battle, Davis was badly wounded. Despite his wounds and with his artillery battery about to be overrun by an overwhelming enemy force, Davis manned a machinegun and single-handedly managed two different howitzers, blasting away at the enemy and beating back the attack. Davis - despite his wounds - also managed to swim across a nearby river to rescue three wounded American soldiers. Video: http://vimeo.com/71966854 © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Legacy of the Medal of Honor • • • • • • • Courage Integrity Sacrifice Selfless service Commitment Patriotism Citizenship © 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation “The Medal of Honor is proof that ordinary men and women have within them the potential to challenge fate and literally change the course of history. It only requires the courage to try.”