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TOM (THOMAS JOSEPH) RIDGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/09/2014 - HFSID 344799

TOM RIDGE The American politician and first United States Secretary of Homeland Security pens a letter of advice regarding leadership and how to obtain those goals, to an admirer Autograph Letter Signed: "Tom Ridge" in black ink. 7¼x10½. Accompanied by original envelope. 2 pages.

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TOM RIDGE
The American politician and first United States Secretary of Homeland Security pens a letter of advice regarding leadership and how to obtain those goals, to an admirer
Autograph Letter Signed: "Tom Ridge" in black ink. 7¼x10½. Accompanied by original envelope. 2 pages. Dated on June 9, 2014. In Full: "Dear Michael, Thank you for your letter. I am pleased to share a few thoughts about leadership and hope your teacher rewards you with extra credit. Leaders are asked to motivate people in order to accomplish very specific goals or objectives. So when you are about to lead a group, you must be very clear in what you want to accomplish. Everyone in your group must know what you, Michael (the leader) expect of them, what you want them to do. It is always helpful to explain why it is necessary for them to work hard to accomplish the goal you have set for them. You may have reason to ask people to do certain things so that, together, they can accomplish the goal. Good leaders listen leaders always make the final decision but if there is time there usually is, some people you are leading may have some very good ideas on how you can accomplish your goal. Effective leaders trust those they are leading and will always encourage their team to work hard. If they see someone having difficulty, the leader will try to help. If someone ever asks you to lead a group of your classmates, you should feel good about (over) being given that responsibility. They have [illegible] you to lead because they have confidence that you can do the job. Everyone in your group must respect the job or task that other are performing. They must understand and respect that work and known that they all work together they can accomplish their goal!! Those are just a couple of thoughts. I hope they help. One final thought! Performing or doing easy things or tasks doesn't take much leadership! Getting other people to do very hard things takes leadership! Having a big title or rank doesn't make a leader! Motivating your team to do difficult things does. I have long admired I have long admired certain political, military leaders. I learned most of the lessons about leadership from my Dad. I learned a few more lessons when I was a soldier. Good luck on your assignment Michael. Study hard. Have fun this summer. Dream big dreams and never give up!! With friendship, Tom Ridge" . Thomas Joseph "Tom" Ridge (b. 1945) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983-1995), the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995-20010, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001-2003), and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2003-2005). Ridge is a member of the Republican Party. Since re-entering the private sector, he has worked on the boards of The Home Depot, The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation and as a senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche, and TechRadium. Tom Ridge is also the founder and CEO of Ridge Global, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based security consulting firm. Ridge spent time campaigning with Senator John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency and was believed by some to have been in the short list of potential running mates. Multiple mailing folds (slightly affecting writing). Otherwise, fine condition.

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