Kevin Meyer at Evolving Excellence has a great article about leadership in the automotive industry. Its about Carlos Ghosn the CEO of Nissan and Renault.
Here's a quote: "he (Ghosn) did pull off the impressive feat of saving Nissan from extinction a few years ago. And he did it by making a commitment and holding himself accountable by saying he'd resign if Nissan didn't turn a profit only a year later. A level of personal accountability that sets him apart from his peers at GM, Ford, and basically the rest of business and government for that matter."