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THE QUESTION

Can First Ladies lead?

With Laura Bush in the news with her new memoir and Michelle Obama pushing her plan to fight childhood obesity, what advice would you offer to those who find themselves in such ambiguously defined leadership roles? Can a First Lady be a leader in her own right?

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on May 13, 2010 11:31 AM
FROM THE PANEL
Lisa Caputo

Inventing themselves on the job

Ambiguity creates opportunity. Things are always more challenging when there's no roadmap, but some of the best, most inspired thinking is likely to emerge from those situations.

Posted by Lisa Caputo, on May 14, 2010 3:53 PM
Martin Davidson

She leads, we follow

Real change is never a one-person show. Real change happens when the work of formal leaders--leaders in the center--is complemented by the work of leaders on the margin.

Posted by Martin Davidson, on May 14, 2010 5:21 AM
Katherine Tyler Scott

What Michelle and Laura share

There is something about the first ladies that draws others in and inspires them to follow and find their own purpose. Perhaps it's their authenticity or their ability to be fully present in the moment.

Posted by Katherine Tyler Scott, on May 13, 2010 3:25 PM
Scott DeRue

Not a right but a choice

The first lady can and should be a leader. It is her privilege and responsibility of public service. But ultimately it is hers to choose.

Posted by Scott DeRue, on May 13, 2010 3:20 PM
West Point Cadets

Unprecedented potential

It does not matter whether you are a man or woman, president or first lady. What matters is the role you choose to play.

Posted by West Point Cadets, on May 13, 2010 3:15 PM
Carol Kinsey Goman

Not waiting for advice

Michelle Obama should continue to use her body language to express her passion for the cause of childhood obesity.

Posted by Carol Kinsey Goman, on May 13, 2010 12:00 PM
Coro Fellows

'The beauty of your dreams'

The power of the first lady lies not in the title, but in the spirit, conviction, and leadership of the individual.

Posted by Coro Fellows, on May 13, 2010 5:00 AM

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FEATURED COMMENTS

jerry110: Mrs. Obama Leave the nutrition of the children to their parents and do something constructive. You need to hit the streets of D.C. and let ...

jameschirico: The amount of effect is determined by effort and support from the people. An Eleanor Roosevelt got more done than a Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie...

pocketCHANGEisallihave: If she wants to make an impact how about forcing the government in changing their stance on potatos being accepted in schools as a vegatable...

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