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Bill George
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Bill George

Bill George is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc., and the author of several best-selling books on leadership. His latest release is 7 Lessons for
Leading in Crisis
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Serve the Greater Good

I believe that Tzipi Livni should negotiate a "grand coalition" for a unity government for Israel with Benjamin Netanyahu. It is their best hope of bringing peace and lasting stability to Israel and the Middle East.

Recently, I had the privilege of having Mr. Netanyahu on my panel "Leadership and Crisis" at the World Economic Forum in Davos. I believe that he is a strong leader who, with Livni's support, can unite Israel's disjointed factions and negotiate the "land for peace" deals that will give Israel its long-awaited acceptance in the Middle East. Like Nixon in China, Netanyahu's long history of hard-line negotiations will serve him well as prime minister.

As his #2, Livni will have the opportunity to influence the government to take a more moderate course. Should she refuse to join the unity government, Netanyahu will be forced to make arrangements with Israel's far-right parties that will block peace negotiations.

In my opinion, leaders are always called to serve the greater good, and they must do so through collaboration with their rivals, just as President Obama is doing.

By Bill George

 |  February 23, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
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