A Leader Worth Emulating: Remembering Gordon B. Hinckley

A Leader Worth Emulating: Remembering Gordon B. Hinckley

After watching General Conference I couldn’t help but ponder that professionally I’ve watched, up close and personal, many leaders perform. I’ve been with giants of industry, and leaders of nations as they’ve addressed those they lead. I’ve sat with Saudi sheiks and princes; Supreme Soviets; councils of ministers, city councils and a gathering of the USSR’s top 50 business leaders. When President Reagan drove home his point about the national economic recovery, I was five feet away. When George W. Bush first ran for president he came to Provo and I got to ask him the first two questions of the press conference.

The men and women leading the LDS church today continue to impress as well. As the years go by their deeds will be noted. But in thinking about their future I simultaneously think it worthwhile to reflect upon one from the past who ranks among the great leaders; who set an example for today’s leaders to follow.

On March 16, 2002 I sat at a banquet table and listened as the President’s Club of BYU-Idaho was favored to hear from Gordon B. Hinckley, the head of the board of trustees for that school and the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I’ve never heard a man or a woman so totally in command of his topic and so totally confident in what he was saying. Yet, he wasn’t bombastic or dictatorial in his content or his demeanor.

He was not a tall man, yet he seemed to tower over the room. His enthusiasm and vigor as a speaker belied his age; the man was nearly 92 years old, yet he strode to the podium and stood erect and spoke for between fifteen and twenty minutes to a captivated audience. They might have been captivated just because of his title, but it was his unflinching dynamics that cemented the relationship with the audience.

Cover image by Scot Facer Proctor via ldsmag.com

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