I liked Ike's leadership style, says Bill Marriott

05/28/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the Marriott family farm in 1954, the Marriott patriarch wanted to go quail shooting but fretted that it might be too cold. Rather than making the decision himself, the president deferred to young Bill Marriott -- who would go on to lead the Marriott International empire. "That made me realize how he got along with de Gaulle, Churchill, Roosevelt and others -- by including them in the decision and asking them what they thought," said Marriott, who decided against hunting.

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