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Archive: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Raw Ability

He has the first-rate intellect, strong emotional intelligence, confidence and good judgment to be a truly great president, one who will hopefully continue to grow after he takes office.

By John R. Ryan | January 15, 2009; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (10)

Calm, Cool and Collected

He handled himself with grace through the campaign, and so far, he's managed to keep it up.

By Warren Bennis | January 15, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Values That Really Matter

Not only does the President-elect understand the difference between politics and policy, he also appreciates focus and discipline.

By Andy Stern | January 14, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Dedicated Student

What should worry us is if Obama should ever think that he has graduated from leadership school and believes that he has learned all he needs to know.

By Jim Kouzes | January 14, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Back on the Horse

Current expectations are so great that unless Obama proves to be a Lincolnesque leader, disappointment throughout the nation and the world will be inevitable.

By Norm R. Augustine | January 14, 2009; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Sigh of Relief

Obama's non-hip shooter leadership style may prove to be one of his greatest and most-welcomed assets.

By Abraham Zaleznik | January 14, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bottom's Up: Why Followers Matter

Editor's Note: Starting today, Harvard professor Barbara Kellerman will comment each week on "followership," a concept she introduces in her post today. Leaders matter. But - Obama-mania notwithstanding - they don't matter as much as we think. Moreover they matter...

By Barbara Kellerman | January 13, 2009; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (2)

Social Sector Challenge

Unless we're to run a dire risk of hyperinflation, President Obama must motivate the social sector -- synagogues, churches, civic organizations, parents and social entrepreneurs -- to contribute massively to solving social issues.

By Bob Buford | January 13, 2009; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Our Own Responsiblity

If the leadership qualities we saw in Obama's campaign can be systematically applied to governing, then we should not only cheer but pitch in and make some tough choices of our own.

By Patricia McGinnis | January 13, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reality Therapy

The man does have weaknesses. The fact that he does a good job overcoming, disguising, and controlling them is one of the reasons he'll be putting his hand on the Bible on January 20th.

By Alan M. Webber | January 13, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inspiring a Tough Audience: Teenagers

When trust in our public institutions and elected leaders is at an all-time low, Obama has been able to capture the energy and desire to serve among our nation's young people. If he can turn that enthusiasm into service for the public good, then he will truly be a transformational leader.

By Kathy Kretman | January 12, 2009; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Afraid to Disappoint

In rebuffing the gas tax and tapping Rick Warren, Obama has demonstrated the courage and skill needed to disappoint his own supporters at a rate they can absorb.

By Marty Linsky | January 12, 2009; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Failure Not An Option

President Obama will need to be every bit as good a leader as he appears to be and Republicans (like me) and Democrats alike had better give him all appropriate support.

By Norm R. Augustine | January 12, 2009; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Gifted Speaker

In his direct, sober, calm, deliberative, informed, uplifting, stirring and -- of course -- hopeful -- way, Obama displays naturally what many of us work painstakingly for: the gift of public speaking.

By Michael Useem | January 12, 2009; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Principled Pragmatist

Obama's brilliant campaign and impressive transition process show he has the skills to guide the country through rough seas, but once greeted by "Hail to the Chief," will he keep his humility?

By Michael Maccoby | January 12, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Past Is Not Prologue

The politics of campaign season are far different from the politics of governing. Can Obama make tough policy choices and manage complex decision-making processes?

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | January 12, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Out The Door

To paratroopers, leading means being "last in the chow line and first out the aircraft door." Whatever the success of his ideas, Obama has at least shown courage in facing our economic crisis.

By Ed Ruggero | January 12, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

After The Euphoria?

He's a great communicator, yes, but we don't yet know if he can effectively build teams or manage the complex systems of government.

By George Reed | January 12, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (6)

Open Ears, Open Mind

He strives to see the value of differing opinions, and, if he keeps it up, such a leadership style would be a welcome change from the past eight years.

By Marshall Goldsmith | January 12, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tough Talk -- More Needed

He has talked to us candidly about our current challenges and the tough choices they require, but he has yet to drive home the point that, like the rest of us, the government cannot keep overspending.

By David Walker | January 12, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

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