Fredrick Banting

By: Mostafa ElBaradie

History of Fredrick Banting

Fredrick Banting had the ability to save lives of millions of people when he discovered the Insulin, which is a cure to Diabetes. Banting was born in November 14, 1891 in a farm house near Alliston, Ontario. He joined Victoria College, which is a part of University of Toronto into the arts program, which then a year later, he failed and decided to join the Medical program in 1912 and was accepted. He joined the Army in 1915 and was graduated from the Medical Program in 1916 and then reported to military duty in December. His job was to help other wounded men, and through this experience, he was awarded the Military Cross in 1919. Banting went back to Toronto to complete his Surgical Training, and he studied Orthopedic Medicine and then became a Resident Surgeon in the Sick Children Hospital.
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What was Banting involved in that made him a leader?

Before the discovery of Insulin, Banting had the ability to convince John Macleod, who was a professor in University of Toronto, to use the lab and perform experiments on dogs. However, Banting was not the only person who worked on the experiment, Charles Best, who was a medical student, was appointed as Banting's assistant. Bertram Collip, who was a Biochemist, also joined the team in the late 1921, and his duty was to purify the Insulin and make it clean to be tested on Humans. Banting became a leader since he gave each and every one of his assistants a task to do, and they all worked together to make this discovery become a success. Their effort through teamwork saved lives of so many people around the world who were diagnosed with Diabetes, and if it wasn't for Banting, these people would've had a greater chance of death.

What actions did Banting take to Show Leadership?

Banting did not just give credit to himself for the success of the discovery. After the experiment, both Banting and McLeod were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. However, Banting felt that the prize should have been shared between him and Best. To give credit to Best, Banting shared the his cash award with him, while McLeod in turn, shared his cash award with Collip. This action shows that Banting does not just think of himself, instead he thought of his assistant's and appreciated all the hard work they did and gave them exactly what they deserve through the sharing of the award. Instead of earning credit for himself, they all earned it together as a team.

3 Leadership traits Banting applied

1. Quitting is leading too - Banting did not take all the credit to himself, he gave all the credit to the entire time that was involved to make this entire discovery a success. He gave each and every person their own task to work on, and this made him become a great leader because through his instructions, each person knew what to do, and that created a discovery that was made through hard teamwork. The team never quit their discovery until they got a solution to Diabetes, and without the lead of Banting and working with each other, the Discovery might have not been a success.


2. Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front - As mentioned above, Instead of taking the Nobel Prize cash reward for himself, he shared his prize with Best, while McLeod shared his with Collip. This shows that Banting appreciated the team's effort and hard work and he gave them what they deserve. This makes him a great leader since he gave his assistants what they deserve instead of taking away their rights when they discovered the Insulin.


3. Courage is not the absence of fear - If It wasn't for Banting, a lot of people in the past and even today would have been dying from Diabetes. The Discovery of Insulin has been one of the greatest events that happened in the world and earned a lot of recognition since it is used to save people's lives. Since Banting came up with this idea, it shows that he cared about people's lives, and therefore, he ended up doing something good to prevent many from dying. He believed in himself, which can present him as a great role model for others when in need for motivation during any activity they fail at.

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