A chief executive, particularly one dealing with the highest of pressures, relies on many things. Perspective and context. Strategic counsel. Courage of conviction. But perhaps chief among them is loyalty. And in a word, that describes Valerie Jarrett.
A strong and dedicated leader and public servant in her own right, she is a good friend to the President and a trusted adviser. She brings clarity of thought and purpose to her work. She is a good listener who comes to the table not with some preset notion of distrust but rather an open mind; she asks tough questions and tries to find solutions. Above all else, however, and beyond all doubt, Valerie Jarrett is loyal. She has been tireless in her outreach to the business community. She has both the President’s best interests and his back — and at all times.
In today’s climate, where people spend capital avoiding blame instead of finding common ground, the qualities she brings to her job are rare. That only makes loyalty like hers more valuable. And it is why I admire Valerie Jarrett.
Immelt is the chairman of the board and CEO of General Electric
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