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Commentary: The Time Is Now To Be A Braveheart Leader

In the movie “Braveheart,” William Wallace (Mel Gibson) uses emotion and standards to lead his troops (employees).


John Passante is a broad-based senior executive with over 30 years of extensive organizational development and senior human resource experience with progressive corporations involved in multiple locations, both domestic and international.

Given the current challenge in life and in business, let the call go out for leaders to focus on the positives, and to look out for the well-being of all employees and customers. Indeed, the mood today is one of caution and concern. We all need a dose of positivity in our zoom meetings, conference calls, emails and phone calls. Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the right side of life and believing that we can overcome obstacles, challenges in life; and indeed, we can!

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Being positive gives us more control over life. Positive leadership is a choice. It starts with a positive self-talk. Cultivating positive relationships with employees and customers helps to lower our level of stress, as well as the stress of others and helps to improve our concentration, allowing us to keep our eye on the future. Each time we genuinely connect with another individual, the pleasure-inducing hormone oxytocin is released into the bloodstream, helping to reduce anxiety and improve our focus.

Positive leadership’s mission is to be a stress reducer – especially now that stress is at an all-time high. By leaning and depending on each other we will come out stronger as leaders and individuals. We all need to ignite hope through words and actions. Positive leaders generate positive thoughts and energy. It takes less energy physically and emotionally to see the positives in life and business.


In the movie “Braveheart,” William Wallace (Mel Gibson) was a transformational leader. He used emotion and standards to define the role of his troops (employees). He was a dynamic and sympathetic leader. His attitude was “Bring it on.” That is the mantra of our industry. We have in the past and will in the future stand up to challenges and move forward with clear focus and passion. We rally with great conviction. It is simply in our DNA!

We care and always will. Aftermarket leaders unleash heroic effort.

The successful aftermarket leader makes a positive difference everyday – and always will by.

We do this by:

• Sharing a keen sense of purpose

• Keeping Americans safely on the road

• Courage define us – “Braveheart” Leaders

• Looking challenges in the eye – and solving them

• Motivating by giving 110%

• Sharing Success

“Braveheart” leaders are willing to take action amid uncertainty, to do what is right over what is expected or expedient. They “dig deep and find the way.” They know what they do is a noble cause. They foster inclusion and embrace diversity. They break the rules, for a good cause and treat employees with care and humility. They speak honestly and with candor.


Brave leaders are decisive amid ambiguity. They give a lot, as well as expect a lot in return and bet on people to exceed their expectations. And, because of their leadership they always do. Leaders of this type value and celebrate diversity and unleash a ferocious heroic effort. Brave leaders define the new, big picture and create a better reality. By scouting the possibilities, it allows them to celebrate all victories – large and small alike.

Leaders of this caliber highlight the rays of light. Communicating the score helps keep associates (employees) informed. Keep in mind the great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, who said, “Promise me you will always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”