My rating: 5 of 5 stars
General Mark Hertling is the definition of not simply a role model or an American hero but of a great human being who has led and continues to lead not solely through words but deeds through the actions of his life day in and day out. He is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a figure of moral leadership to all people who have come to know him. The good general is what I would term as an “intellectual warrior” of grace, humility, wisdom, dignity, character, and self-effacement despite his life achievements and successes. In “Growing Physician Leaders: Empowering Doctors to Improve Our Healthcare”, the good general takes this to a whole different level by taking us through a journey of his lifelong pattern of learning in being a student of knowledge and empowerment by guiding us through his life journey on and off the battlefield; and how those skillsets apply to not only war but to diplomacy, life, and ultimately even the healthcare arena.
While General Hertling’s book is aimed at those in the medical profession, the lessons he shares with us in this book can and does apply to our everyday lives. In each chapter, the general shares parables from his lessons of leadership on the battlefield and reflects how these life lessons have prepared him in the new journey life has taken him in the field of medicine.
The general’s life deeds and his actions have demonstrated a life of leadership, humility and wisdom. Real leaders know that they must learn day in and day out; and to lead by example and to learn from others. I highly recommend for others to follow the good general on Twitter @MarkHertling. His words and wisdom each day has provided me solace and hope despite the tumultuous nature of a lack of leadership coming from the highest office in the land. General Hertling has said that he might have a new book on the horizon in which he will discuss his life leadership skills and lessons to a more general audience – but this book is a must read for those in the medical profession as well as others who want to take the lessons that he shares towards life in general.
Thank you general. We need your moral leadership, voice and presence now more than ever.