In this article for, Peter Cohan reflects on Harry’s four principles of values-based leadership:

Are you struggling to achieve your full potential? If so, Harry Kraemer — who graduated with top grades in math from a small college in Wisconsin and earned a scholarship to Northwestern’s MBA program where he worked as a teaching assistant — can help.

He eventually joined and rose to become chairman and CEO of medical products giant Baxter International, then a $12 billion company with 50,000 people in 103 countries.

Tell people what you will do and then do it; learn from everyone; know your strengths; and find out who can help where you’re weak.

Harry Kraemer

Rather than playing golf after retiring in 2004, Kraemer has stayed active in the field. He told me in a March 9 interview that he still teaches executives and MBA students at Northwestern, and serves on seven corporate boards.

He has written books on values-based leadership — such as From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership — and offers courses on the topic. If you are eager to learn how to make the most of your life, his four principles of value-based leadership can help.

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