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Archive: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

What Did I See In Him?

When I interviewed him in 2000, he impressed me. Looking back, I see now I didn't ask the right questions.

By Alan M. Webber | January 7, 2009; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (4)

If Nothing Else, We've Been Safe

President Bush's overall greatest achievement was that America has not suffered another 9/11 tragedy.

By Norm R. Augustine | January 7, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (25)

Perversely Beneficial

It was Bush 43 who made possible the election of Barack Obama, and for that we should thank him.

By Warren Bennis | January 7, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

Diversity Leadership

I credit President Bush with hastening the demise of the "stale, pale, male" image of leaders in America, particularly in appointing Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as Secretaries of State.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 6, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Successful Operating Style

Bush and his administration were devoted to their ideas, had a clear agenda, and used all avenues to accomplish them, but they were often more ideological than results driven.

By Andy Stern | January 6, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Decisions Without Reflection

Though sometimes mocked, Bush's description of himself as the chief "decider" captured a willingness to make tough decisions. Yet even the best decisions, when unreviewed, can become the worst mistakes.

By Michael Useem | January 6, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reaganesque Fortitude?

Like President Reagan, Bush stuck to a course of action through adversity. On some key policy choices, however, he may have been absolutely wrong from the start.

By Roger Martin | January 6, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Treachery of Hubris

Leaders throughout history, including George W. Bush, have failed when they became bloated with an exaggerated sense of self, pursuing their own ends, seemingly oblivious to the voices of others or the situation around them.

By Barry Posner | January 6, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

It Didn't Have to End This Way

He had the clarity of vision and buoyant optimism a great leader needs. Sadly, his greatest strengths betrayed him and became his glaring weaknesses.

By Jim Kouzes | January 6, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (6)

Unanswered Questions

He had many strengths as a leader -- an affable personality combined with a stubborn will -- but his actions in the long run may cost us all dearly.

By Michael Maccoby | January 6, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

Optimism, Persistence and Loyalty

He had many failings, but he also demonstrated these three important leadership qualities.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | January 6, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Two Good Traits

Failures aside, Bush's patience in Iraq, as well as his flexibility in addressing the financial crisis, have both been hallmarks of good presidential leadership.

By Steven Pearlstein | January 6, 2009; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Stubborn -- Or Courageous?

Whatever you think of Bush's decisions, the president demonstrated clarity. What some call stubbornness may also be seen as courage.

By John H. Cochran, MD | January 6, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (5)

Underestimated Strengths

His best virtues were honesty, loyalty and respect for others, while his single-minded focus on the Middle East and on keeping America safe from further attack will only be fully appreciated in the future.

By Bob Schoultz | January 5, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Michael Bloomberg

He represents the best of leadership in the modern era, demonstrating how business, government and philanthropy can reinforce one another.

By Roger Martin | January 5, 2009; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

So "Right," So Wrong

He did what he thought was right and stuck to that course of action -- to a fault.

By Marshall Goldsmith | January 5, 2009; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

Spectacular Success and Failure

He got some things right -- the initial Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns, his own reelection, and the Iraq surge -- but others disastrously wrong.

By Slade Gorton | January 5, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (9)

Outstanding Leadership on HIV/AIDS

From the point of view of an African child born free of HIV, George W. Bush is a great leader.

By Kurt Schmoke | January 5, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Strong Start That Fizzled

George W. Bush enacted his tax cut with bipartisan support, set a clear management agenda and sent the right signals after 9/11 -- then his leadership went downhill.

By David Walker | January 5, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Failure, With a Few Good Points

Faint praise aside, Bush must take the blame and be recorded as a failed leader.

By Howard Gardner | January 5, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

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