They say character is what we do when we think no one’s watching. I have a [positive] postscript to my article about managers who lead by example.
As I stood in the NJPAC lobby after the PSEG annual meeting in April 2008, I was surprised to see that Ralph Izzo, the $17 billion utility company’s new chairman and CEO, was walking back to the headquarters a few blocks away.
This is a guy who made $8 million in 2008, who’d been with the gas/electric company going on two decades. I would have expected him to have a black Town Car waiting, or perhaps to be escorted by a small army of minions.
No, he was walking back to the office. That impressed me more than any of his words during the meeting itself… especially because I’m sure he had no idea that one of his long-time shareholders was looking.
Have you “caught” someone doing the right thing when they thought no one was watching?
Photo credit: PSEG.com