• E. Bruce Heilman
Part of the Jepson Studies in Leadership book series (JSL)


A young marine corporal in Iraq, with his hands blown off and with a serious wound in his leg, continued to lead his men. When later asked why he didn’t pass out, his response was, “I couldn’t pass out. I was in charge.” That Marine embodied the best of the value of responsibility, strength of character, and commitment to purpose. Somewhere, either at home, at school, in his church, or in the Marine Corps, this value was developed and, when called upon, the mind and thus the body responded automatically to the responsibility at hand. Because the situation asked for the impossible, the result was to get the best possible.


Operating Position Academic Discipline Multiple Discipline Publisher Limited Religious Conviction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Bruce Heilman
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  1. 1.University of RichmondUSA

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