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The antidote to cynicism

The first and arguably the most important lesson for leaders is to ask a different question. That is, instead of asking whether we can enact our values in a particular situation, the committed leader can ask how we can enact our organizational and personal values. This simple shift transforms the conversation from one of fearfulness and constraint to one of innovation and creative thinking.

By Ian Saleh | September 8, 2010; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pakistan's challenge: How to lead in the wake of catastrophe

The Pakistani government needs to rapidly learn large-scale disaster management. Many do not appreciate there is a radical difference between traditional disaster management and catastrophic disaster management. In such catastrophes, the resources and...

By Tracy Grant | September 2, 2010; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

NYC mosque: Rising to the challenge of dialogue

When you observe, move just slightly above the fray and, in this case, see the destruction of the twin towers and the building of a mosque as metaphors, it provokes the question: What is a leader to do; what are we all to do? The answer is simple and complex; partly because...

By Tracy Grant | September 1, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Hassan Samrhouni: Leading the Moroccan-American community

A Moroccan emigre and business owner, Hassan Samrhouni has been a good-will ambassador in Washington D.C. for two decades. "We try to empower our community and teach them they can do anything," he says.

By Andrea Useem | June 17, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (8)

Ted Kennedy: a leader strengthened by threats

Ted Kennedy's response to threats on this life, not to mention his own self-inflicted tragedies such as the Chappaquiddick drowning, may have spurred his success as a leader.

By Andrea Useem | June 16, 2010; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The flight attendant and the queen bee

Leaders provide us with that intangible benefit that flight attendants give us: a feeling of safety. They are the queen bees that keep the hive together, and It's something we notice most when it's not there.

By Ian Saleh | May 14, 2010; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (15)

Rwanda's president leads an inspiring turn-around

Rwandan president Paul Kagame has built effective modern institutions on top of traditional values, leading his country into a much-needed era of prosperity.

By Andrea Useem | February 26, 2010; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (19)

Do Americans trust their leaders?

The newly published National Leadership Index shows Americans only trust leaders who are competent and service-oriented -- two areas where they say many leaders are falling short.

By Andrea Useem | November 2, 2009; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sweating It: Why Leaders Need to Exercise

Research shows that leaders who exercise regularly -- no matter their level of body fat -- are considered more effective than those who don't. Here are seven tips for integrating exercise into your life as a leader.

By Andrea Useem | August 7, 2009; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (12)

Learning Leadership in the Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates, leadership is defined around the concept of a family patriarch. This approach, based on generosity and family ties, has strengths and weaknesses we should understand.

By Andrea Useem | July 24, 2009; 02:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

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