Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.) spent 38 years in Congress, including 14 years as House Minority Leader. He exerted tremendous influence through his consensus-building skills and his ability to communicate in an authentic, passionate manner.
In this interview with Working Smart, Michel discusses his career as a dedicated public servant.
WS: You’ve held powerful posts in Congress, both as House Minority Leader and, for 12 years, as the ranking Republican on the Labor, Health, Education and Welfare Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. How would you describe your approach to leadership?
Michel: Leadership is listening. One of my father’s best pieces of advice was, “Listen 90 percent of the time and talk 10 percent.” I’ve sure found that to be the key to my leadership roles. And, I might add, I passed my father’s advice along to Newt Gingri...(register to read more)