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Archive: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Hillary Leads -- and Follows -- As She Takes Over at State

Hillary Clinton's leadership skills -- and her skill as a follower -- were on display in her first day as Secretary of State.

By Barbara Kellerman | January 24, 2009; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (24)

Reaching the Millennials

Obama's inaugural address called us all to pitch in, and his message resonated with the young, tech-savvy generation.

By Warren Bennis | January 22, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Optimism Paradox

For General Lee at Gettysburg, optimism turned out to be fatal. Every leader must balance the need for confidence with clear-eyed realism, and Obama tried to do that in his inauguration speech.

By Michael Useem | January 22, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grindstone Time

What does Obama want from the American people and what does he promise them? The answer so far: Hard work.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 22, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beyonce's Tears

The 27-year-old pop star said of President Obama, "He makes me want to be more involved." She got the inaugural message -- meant for all of us -- loud and clear.

By Ed Ruggero | January 21, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Time For Specifics

Beyond balancing hope and candor, leaders also need to balance being general enough to leave themselves latitude but also specific enough to have a mandate for making tough asks. Now's the time for specifics.

By Bill Shore | January 21, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Memo to Self

Now that inauguration is over, President Obama gets down to the work of being President. His most immediate thoughts, articulated by Alan Webber.

By Alan M. Webber | January 21, 2009; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rallying for Bipartisanship

While one speech cannot achieve the president's purpose, by aiming to gain bipartisan support, President Obama got off to an excellent start.

By Michael Maccoby | January 21, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lessons From Churchill

Churchill's famous speech had tenacity and a pugnacious spirit that struck a deep chord in the people; likewise, Obama needs to be both hopeful and realistic.

By George Reed | January 21, 2009; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Survival Is Success

President Obama doesn't need to put men on the moon. Simply guiding us through the next decade while preventing the collapse our economic system would be success enough.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | January 21, 2009; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Cautious Beginning

Obama's cautious inaugural address lacked FDR's insight about our nation's distress, Churchill's brutal honesty and JFK's request for help and sacrifice.

By Marty Linsky | January 21, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Educator of the Nation

A leader is an individual with a powerful story to communicate to a heterogeneous audience, and whose own life embodies that story.

By Howard Gardner | January 21, 2009; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Common Ground

A leader must draw other together, forging a shared vision that gives strength in the face of adversity.

By Denis A. Cortese | January 21, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Long-Term Vision

It is particularly challenging to make major changes in government, especially when the crisis you are trying to address is emerging and not immediate.

By David Walker | January 21, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Citizens Must Sacrifice, Too

People worry about what a leader is not saying, because it is not that they can't stand bad news-- they just can't stand uncertainty.

By Norm R. Augustine | January 21, 2009; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Measure of Success

Will President Obama succeed in establishing a vision, like FDR, and then leading the nation through these turbulent times?

By Col. Charles D. Allen | January 21, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Deal Lessons

President Obama must revive Keynesian ideas of economic revival -- and he must muster the courage to bring others along with him.

By Abraham Zaleznik | January 21, 2009; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Realism Versus High Expectations

Although President Obama speaks to us realistically about our challenges, I worry his fans aren't hearing him -- while hoping he continues to speak candidly.

By Marshall Goldsmith | January 21, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lessons from Madoff's Minions

Almost everyone who knew Bernie Madoff fell under his spell, making his scams possible. That's why it's so important for executives of every stripe, in business as well as government, to build a culture of skepticism.

By Barbara Kellerman | January 20, 2009; 8:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

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