InÂ Lee Iacocca’sÂ new book Where Have All The Leaders Gone? the former chairman of Chrysler addresses the American people in hopes that by sturring the pot some cream may truly rise to the top as it has in previous generations. In his 82nd year of life Iacocca is of a generation of American’s who have seen and faced many challenges and tragedies throughout the years. It is the generation that Tom Brokaw refers to as the Greatest Generation. It is during these times of political uncertainty and industrial trouble that it is advisable to lend an ear to the lessons and observations that their experiences have earned them.
Â As we sit and watchÂ while what remains of the once Big 3 in Detroit slips deeper in a mire that seems inescapable we should really be asking the same question that Iacocca is asking. Maybe some of us are merely accepting of the notion that there is no more need for the Big 3 in a global economy. Others like Lee Iacocca would beg to differ against that opinion.Â
Reading Iacocca’s book will not cure the American auto industry nor cure cancer. However, there is a certain levelÂ of respect and deference thatÂ Iacocca’s professional resume warrants on theÂ issue of leadership. Plus, without him we would not have the Mustang andÂ quite possibly the pony car classification… andÂ I would be short two cars.Â