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Bob Schoultz
Naval/Academic leader

Bob Schoultz

Captain Bob Schoultz (U.S. Navy, Ret.) directs the Master of Science in Global Leadership at the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration.

Maturing with "12 O'Clock High"

I'm sure I won't be the only one who nominates Twelve O'Clock High (1949) with Gregory Peck. I saw it for the first time in the mid 1970's, when it was required viewing for Junior Officers in the Navy and though I enjoyed it at the time, it was hard for me to relate to.

I happened to be channel surfing a couple of years ago and stumbled on the beginning of this classic again, and was transfixed, couldn't walk away. In the interim years I had held many leadership positions and I was much better able to relate to the loneliness of being the boss. In the movie, Gregory Peck superbly portrays (fictional) General Frank Savage and his struggle between his needs and instincts as a human being and his role and responsibilities as a leader.

Peck's character had to suppress his own personal needs for affirmation and camaraderie from those in his command in order to make unpopular decisions to turn around his organization. Peck's character also insisted on bearing all the risks and dangers his subordinates had to bear, while also all the burdens and responsibilities of command and decision making. He stood up to pressure from outside his organization both to protect his people as well as to pursue his mission in the way he believed appropriate. This took a huge toll on him, but what a great role model for any leader! For those who haven't seen it recently, I highly recommend viewing it again.

By Bob Schoultz

 |  February 17, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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