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Archive: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

George W. Bush -- Not

We can only hope he won't write a book about leadership in his retirement.

By Abraham Zaleznik | January 2, 2009; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Parents Circle-Family Forum

Leadership not always the work of a single individual, and the Parents Circle-Family Forum, which brings together bereaved Palestinians and Israelis, has provided hope where there was none before.

By Kathy Kretman | January 2, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vote for the Best Leader of 2008

Our panelists (and commenters) have made their nominations, now it's your turn to vote.

By Ben Bradlee and Steve Pearlstein | December 31, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (4)

Abraham Lincoln

In 2008, everyone from President-elect Obama to my wife's ten-year-old nephew was talking about Abraham Lincoln's leadership. Why? Because he still calls us to aspire.

By Ed Ruggero | December 31, 2008; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

No one

Let's face it: 2008 was a year of utter leader-less-ness. Who in the private sector or public sector saw the economy unraveling and rallied the nation? No one.

By Alan M. Webber | December 31, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Quiet Leaders

While celebrating great public figures like President-Elect Obama and General Petraeus, we should recognize that some of the best leaders toil in obscurity and would be embarrassed by our praise.

By George Reed | December 30, 2008; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Defense Sec. Bob Gates

He deftly maneuvered through bureaucratic challenges, while avoiding the mistake many new CEOs make: trying to completely overhaul their institutions all at once.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | December 30, 2008; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Father Richard Frechette

Perhaps the best leaders of 2008 have avoided self-advertisement, and one of these is a priest-physician who leads by example in caring for Haiti's poor.

By Michael Maccoby | December 30, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon

Maddon brought his team out their 2007 basement to win the 2008 World Series, all while keeping costs low and demonstrating candor, taste and plain common sense.

By Warren Bennis | December 30, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Walmart CEO Lee Scott

At a time when short-term thinkers led the U.S. to the brink of disaster, Scott increased market share for Walmart while working through tough human-resource issues and grooming a capable successor.

By Bill George | December 30, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (7)

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

After nearly six decades of coaching, Paterno has produced outstanding football teams for longer than many other leaders have been alive.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | December 30, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Gen. David Petraeus, with runners-up

General David Petraeus has brilliantly redefined the war-on-terrorism strategy to mean engagement with the Muslim world. Runners-up are: Australian PM Kevin Rudd, British PM Gordon Brown and Bill Richardson.

By Marty Linsky | December 30, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

Columnist Tom Friedman

Rather than responding to issues in a canned 'liberal' or 'conservative' voice, he actually thinks!

By Marshall Goldsmith | December 30, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (17)

Gen. David Petraeus

He articulated a clear vision, built a team, inspired subordinates and colleagues, implemented a coherent plan, and produced notable results that could lead to a better Middle East.

By Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. | December 29, 2008; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

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