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Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California. His newest book is 'Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.'

Calm, Cool and Collected

We've learned One Big Thing: that according to yesterday's CNN poll, 83 percent of Americans approve of the way President-elect Obama has conducted himself throughout the transition period. That approval stems not only from the transition phase but seems to be an outcome of the way he's managed his campaign, especially when compared with either Senators McCain or Clinton.

If you think about their campaigns, they were riven with rivalry, tensions, and, most of all, high drama. The bottom line is that Obama handled himself -- and his handlers -- so that despite the escapades inherent to political campaigns, especially this one where all were playing for mortal stakes, the President-elect exuded some exceptional qualities: confidence, competence, calm and assertiveness. There's also a big fifth: being present.

By Warren Bennis

 |  January 15, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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