Leadership and Character on Memorial Day

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Monday is Memorial Day, the day each year we recognize the men and women who died in service of their country in the armed forces. Its predecessor, Decoration Day, started after the Civil War and was expanded to include WW I and II. Congress made Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day weekend launches the start of summertime. With the experience of the withdrawal from Afghanistan still near and the fate of Ukraine just ahead, it raises larger questions about leadership in the armed forces. How are they viewed?

This is a direct lesson about leadership, honesty and ethics in finance. The Gallup Poll has measured how Americans view the honesty and ethical standards of people in different fields since 1976.

It measures the highest ratings against the lowest ratings. The net (positive minus negative) ratings are revealing. At the very top in 2020 or 2021, were nurses, at plus 78 points.