Now that retired DaimlerChrysler Chairman Robert Eaton has ended his self-imposed silence, he should be open, assertive and a leader. Eaton has been vilified by those who say he sold out Chrysler Corp. just to make himself wealthy. The criticism has grown as the Chrysler group's woes have mounted, forcing cutbacks and layoffs.
There is more at stake than Eaton's reputation or even the lawsuit by shareholders. Many of his former colleagues at DaimlerChrysler are looking for answers to boost their morale. Even in retirement, Eaton has one more chance to be a leader.