For Lt. Withers, Act of Mercy Has Unexpected Sequel

John Withers was no doubt a great man and commander.  He took and changed the lives of two young men during World War II.  He didn’t have to and further more taking them in was a major risk on his part.  It most definitely paid off in the end because he changed Peewee and Salomon’s lives forever.  If companies took this approach to business who knows where we would be.  Lt. Withers is a great example of unselfishness.  He took them under his wing knowing that the consequences of his actions could have been fatal.  Leaders in organizations need to take risks that could inevitable result in their own fall.  This kind of risk will most likely turn to be a risk that will result in returns; these returns will happen because the executive will be interested in not hurting themselves.  Who knows what Lt. Withers was thinking in allowing them to stay with him, but in the end it was all worth it to him and them.

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