What Leadership Legacy Will You Leave to the Next Generation?

My grandfather, Emil Ungerleider was born in 1904 in New York, N.Y. Grandfather’s parents were immigrants from Hungary and he and his younger sister were born in New York. Later they moved to Detroit, Michigan where he worked at Ford Motor Company on the assembly line to put himself through the Detroit College of Law. He graduated at the top of his class in 1925 and Americanized his name to Earl D. Leader. He understood about hard work, good character, trustworthiness, and honesty. He established his law practice, Earl D. Leader, Attorney at Law, during the great depression helping small businesses be successful.

My grandfather was also a fine artist, poet, and sculptor and his beautiful works give pleasure to the many people that view his works.

My grandfather, Earl D. Leader was the lawyer who organized Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan by putting in his $1 and doing the paper work for free. He also worked as a lawyer for the composer Hoagie Carmichael. Earl D. Leader also helped many new businesses get started, and ran for local political office in Detroit, Michigan.

My grandfather, Earl D. Leader married my grandmother, Mary Chernick and they had their daughter Romayne,my mother, on May 28, 1929. My grandmother, Mary Chernick Leader worked as a secretary at the Boroughs Corporation, had a women’s stock club where she taught other women how to study companies and invest in the stock market with little money to develop a nest egg. She also helped the Braille Society and sang and played the mandolin in a Mandolin Orchestra. She enjoyed reading and doing cross word puzzles and had a remarkable vocabulary which she shared with her daughter,my mother, Romayne.

My grandmother, Mary Chernick Leader was born on the lower east side of New York City to immigrants from Russia. My grandmother Mary’s, father was an Iron worker and she had two older brothers born in Russia and a younger brother born in New York City. My great grandparents, the Chernick’s from Russia taught their children the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity. They were taught to never give up until the goal was accomplished.

My mother,Romayne’s parents, Earl and Mary Leader taught her the value of truth, honesty, hard work, religious faith, and service to others. Her parents discussed local politics and world affairs with her. During my grandfather’s successful law practice in Detroit, Michigan he was the lawyer for many businesses and was the lawyer for many cases in the Supreme Court of Michigan helping small businesses. When Earl D. Leader sold his law practice in Detroit, Michigan he was doing the work of five lawyers and his health was in serious jeopardy. He had so many law cases that it was necessary to sell his firm to a group of lawyers. My grandfather, Earl D. Leader was dedicated to serving others.

My mother, Romayne Leader Frank became a lawyer like her father in 1963 and in 1990, my brother; her youngest child became a lawyer. At present the oldest grandson of Romayne Leader Frank, the great grandson of Earl and Mary Leader will be graduating law school next year.

My grandparent, Earl D. Leader and Mary Chernick Leader’s, legacy is four generations of lawyers who have character, honor, integrity,, truthfulness, and a true desire to help others. Through these generations of leaders the goal was always the same to help others have a better life. I am also a legacy of my grandparents and parents teachings as I have shared the gifts they have taught me with the next generation. I am a teacher, businesswomen, author, and musician. The legacy that my grandparents, Mary Chernick Leader and Earl D. Leader started will continue with their great grandchildren. Their lives were dedicated to helping others and teaching their excellent example to their child, Romayne Leader Frank and by all the people they helped during their lives. Their legacy will continue on through generations to come.

What are three secrets my Grandparents, Earl D. Leader and Mary Chernick Leader taught about developing a legacy for the future?

  1. 1) Be willing to work hard, be trustworthy, honest, and be of good character and remember your name is priceless and protect it and your reputation.
  2. 2) Never stop learning and always continue to develop your mind by studying and reading to gain new knowledge every day.
  3. 3) Be compassionate and dedicated to serving others.