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THE QUESTION

Egypt's Mubarak: Can an entrenched leader chart a new course?

Egypt's unfolding political crisis raises a broader question: Can an entrenched, powerful leader, one who has resisted change, successfully lead a country or an organization in a different direction if circumstances suddenly demand it? Or is it necessary to bring in new leadership?

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on February 1, 2011 10:08 AM
FROM THE PANEL

A new narrative for Egypt

President Mubarak is a symbol of Egypt's old, repressive government--one that the people want to do away with entirely. His narrative of autocratic and unquestioned rule has been found wanting by the people and...

Posted by Rice University Undergraduate Leaders, on February 2, 2011 4:33 PM
Robert Goodwin

A national symbol of oppression

In pursuit of security and stability in the Middle East, the U.S. has traditionally turned a blind eye to autocratic rule as long as it did not...

Posted by Robert Goodwin, on February 2, 2011 3:23 PM

It's impossible to change direction without support

We're operating in a complex, uncertain environment, and effective leadership today requires embracing change, not resisting it...

Posted by Susan Peters, on February 2, 2011 3:18 PM

Authority does not equal leadership

Ultimately, the authority to lead comes from those who choose to follow. When there is a loss of trust...

Posted by Katherine Tyler Scott, on February 1, 2011 3:25 PM

It's not smart to act as though you're indispensable

The longstanding culture can't be altered overnight, even if many new faces are added. The same old boss will be running the show...

Posted by Yash Gupta, on February 1, 2011 2:11 PM

The future for Egypt could look grim

The danger for Egypt, the Middle East and U.S. interests is that the explosive demand for human rights will result in a religious dictatorship even more repressive than...

Posted by Michael Maccoby, on February 1, 2011 2:06 PM

What Mubarak ignored at his peril

It's hard to see how the case of Egypt, where a giant, explosive divide exists between the wealthy elite and the newly energized masses, will...

Posted by John R. Ryan, on February 1, 2011 10:46 AM

Four obstacles for Mubarak

If there is a system where people have been repressed, unemployment is high and emotions have been smoldering, then the pressure builds; and when the cork is pulled out, it is very hard to put it back in...

Posted by Deborah Ancona, on February 1, 2011 10:39 AM

Mubarak's chance for better legacy

As Einstein said, "No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it," and such is the case with Mubarak...

Posted by Alaina Love, on February 1, 2011 10:32 AM

Leadership: Part action, part perception

Although President Mubarak may still hold the 'formal' authority of his role, it's informal authority that is now at stake...

Posted by Amy Fraher, on February 1, 2011 10:27 AM

Egypt needs a new leader

No way can a leader lousy for 30 years become someone poised for greatness in the future...

Posted by Ken Adelman, on February 1, 2011 10:21 AM

Strong leaders know when it's time to change

If a leader is the problem, he must step aside. This is hard for an autocrat to do because his view of self is linked to the destiny of...

Posted by John Baldoni, on February 1, 2011 10:12 AM

Power to the people

Perhaps Kanye West can claim to be the voice of this generation. It seems the often-maligned rapper was peering into the future when he wrote, in his most recent album, that "no one man should have all that power"--a mantra taken up, at least in spirit, by the millions of Egyptians protesting...

Posted by Coro Fellows, on February 1, 2011 7:46 AM

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