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Abraham Zaleznik

Abraham Zaleznik

Abraham Zaleznik is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School.

George W. Bush -- Not

If you will permit a facetious comment at year's end, I nominate George W. Bush. He believes in instinct and leaves little room for thinking. He can't think of a single mistake he has made in the presidency. He lied to the American people regarding weapons of mass destruction and rushed into a war. As a man driven by impulse, he is not vulnerable to the hazards of intellect. We can wish him a continuing stress-free retirement, with many happy hours of bike-riding, free from the stresses of reflection and, hopefully, the temptations of writing a book about leadership.

By Abraham Zaleznik

 |  January 2, 2009; 8:09 AM ET
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There are too many people in leadership roles that fail to understand the responsibility to inspire the people around and below them. Let him write his book on how and why he did his 'job' but pray it isn't on 'leading' the country.

The left and right can debate his decisions till the cows come home, but neither side is following him. It's a shame, and not what we need right now.

Posted by: Icarusflown | January 5, 2009 4:20 AM
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