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Archive: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Michelle's Leadership

The authenticity and integrity of our president -- and his wife -- came through in a way that inspired citizens around the world, including those of us cheering at home.

By Frances Hesselbein | April 10, 2009; 9:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Sticks and Know-It-All Relatives

People, or countries, on power trips are tiring to listen to, and big sticks only work if you don't hit yourself on the back swing. Obama's best "saber" right now is his smile.

By USC Students | April 9, 2009; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Three Tasks for CEO Obama

Let's assume you're the new head of a company, and the previous boss told the union (or the European Union) their help was not needed. What should you do? You have three jobs to get done.

By Alan M. Webber | April 9, 2009; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Words that Resonate

The first leadership challenge that President Obama faces in the world right now is not terrorism. It's the challenge of restoring trust in the United States, and trust is at the heart of all successful relationships.

By Jim Kouzes | April 8, 2009; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Big "Ask"

Leadership often requires careful cultivation. President Obama did well on his initial cultivation trip abroad. Let's see what happens when he returns for the big "ask."

By Kurt Schmoke | April 8, 2009; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Leader Among Leaders

Facing staggering deficits and loss of wealth and jobs, America can no longer afford the luxury of toughness. Obama knows that America must telegraph a new message of respect, collaboration and mutuality.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 7, 2009; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Global Town Hall

President Obama reached out beyond the official meetings with world leaders to build trust and good will among the people. This global engagement of the public will go a long way to building the reservoir of credibility and trust we will need.

By Patricia McGinnis | April 7, 2009; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Strategic Mind at Work

He painted a vision of partnership to control and eventually abolish nuclear weapons. What he showed in Europe was a strategic mind at work, plowing the ground to grow a stronger, healthier future.

By Michael Maccoby | April 7, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

The End of an (Abysmal) Era

With a wounded and staggering economy, a military structure running on empty after years of conflict in Southwest Asia, and Russia and China openly reaching for ascendancy, we cannot afford a capricious demonstration of toughness.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | April 7, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Neither Hard Nor Soft, Just Plain Smart

What a relief to hear a reasonable president discuss unreasonable problems -- like North Korea's aborted missile launch -- with composure, tact, and strength.

By Warren Bennis | April 7, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Language, Not Raw Power

I believe that one can manifest power in ways other than showing one's saber.

By Gail S. Williams | April 7, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping Bush in the Toolkit

Being devoutly un-Bush means giving up valuable options that might come in handy under certain circumstances. He has already adopted the last Bush Iraq strategy in Afghanistan, although the While House has reportedly banned the use of the word "surge."

By Marty Linsky | April 7, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rebuilding the American Image

President Obama is making it possible to have better, saner relations, and for that the whole world owes him a very big thank you.

By Howard Gardner | April 6, 2009; 6:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

No One Likes a Bully

Smiles are a good start, but nothing beats gaining trust and respect when it comes to developing a productive working relationship, which is what Obama accomplished on this trip.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | April 6, 2009; 6:44 PM ET | Comments (6)

Paper Tiger Obama?

Obama's reaction to the North Korean missile test will indicate his direction of foreign policy, and whether or not he is regarded as a paper tiger.

By Slade Gorton | April 6, 2009; 6:36 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama, Keeping it Real

Obama doesn't often pose or grab opportunities to project an image other than who he really is.

By Bill Shore | April 6, 2009; 6:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Power of Goodwill

Our security, economy, and influence in the world depend on good relations with allies. This is Obama's chance to re-establish the notion that the U.S. president is still the leader of the free world.

By Yash Gupta | April 6, 2009; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Confident and Non-apologetic

President Obama was right to convey a cooperative, multilateral approach, but he also needs to show his resolve in addressing issues of major concern to the United States, including the long-range missile launch by North Korea.

By David Walker | April 6, 2009; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Lesson From the Military

A parallel can be drawn between the ousting of GM's Rick Wagoner to the firing of some of the most highly accomplished senior leaders in the military due to the challenges at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | April 6, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Art of Image

He should distance himself from the very polarizing view of only "good friends vs. absolute enemies," but he needs to be crystal clear on the U.S.'s position and values and then be steely in his consistency in support of them.

By John H. Cochran, MD | April 6, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moral Leadership Matters

We clearly have military superiority in a traditional sense, but as Iraq and Afghanistan prove, that is not enough. Moral standing and collaborative leadership do matter.

By Andy Stern | April 6, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Small, Refreshing Changes

Leaders of other countries are under no moral or legal obligation to do what we want. By gaining their commitment we will not get everything that we want - but we will get something!

By Marshall Goldsmith | April 6, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cheap and Easy Way Out

The ouster of Rick Wagoner and instillation of Fritz Henderson was odd and primarily signal-based rather than instrumental.

By Roger Martin | April 6, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

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