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T. Boone Pickens: Somebody’s gotta lead

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in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers

Texan oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, the 80-year-old who made a fortune on huge gambles, is placing his biggest bet yet.

The trillion-dollar Pickens Plan would break U.S. dependence on foreign oil by developing wind and natural gas as native sources of energy.

Pickens says he’ll push Congress hard to pass the plan because no one else has shown any leadership on the issue.
He intends to take an all-or-nothing approach. “There’s no other strategy out there,” he says. “If you’re not for my plan, then you’re for foreign oil.”

That’s pretty old-school, but Pickens is old-school. He doesn’t much care what anybody thinks, and he makes it plain that he just wants the job done and would prefer to do something else, like enjoy retirement.

“When it’s your turn to lead, you step up and do it,” he says. “This doesn’t have anything to do with money—I’ve got enough money. I’d rather play golf than do this.”

— Adapted from “Up Wind,” Stayton Bonner, Outside.

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