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Archive: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

The Highest Example

The heroics of Captain Richard Phillips reflect the expectations of military culture: that a commander is responsible for success and failure. And as Gandhi and Dr. King remind us, such leadership values are universal.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | April 17, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Protecting Life

By offering himself to the pirates as a hostage, he risked his life to protect his crew. In this time of self-serving leaders, his example is inspiring.

By Michael Maccoby | April 15, 2009; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Going to Jerusalem

Captain Phillips did exactly what he was supposed to do in protecting his crew. Real leadership is going beyond the call of duty, like Anwar Sadat risking peace with Israel -- and paying the ultimate price for it.

By Marty Linsky | April 15, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Last in Line for Reward

Personal sacrifice is the currency of leadership, as George Washington, Lincoln, Gandhi, King -- and now Capt. Phillips -- have shown us. Who doesn't get that message? CEOs who took bonuses while their employees suffered.

By Yash Gupta | April 14, 2009; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Female Hero

Captain Phillips demonstrated one kind of heroic leadership: offering to pay the ultimate price to protect others. But women like the colonial women's-rights pioneer, Anne Hutchinson, shows a different kind of courage: sacrificing yourself for a just cause.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 14, 2009; 7:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Critical Moments

On most days, what is good for our organizations is good for us too. But when collective purpose and self-interest diverge, that is when a person's leadership qualities are laid bare.

By Michael Useem | April 14, 2009; 7:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Emergency Leadership

In a time of extreme crisis, a leader must be able to instill confidence in followers -- and know that the ones he or she may leave behind will be taken care of.

By Bob Schoultz | April 14, 2009; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (3)

More Instinct Than Analysis

The more taking a bullet is a decision rather than a life mission; self-promotion rather than selflessness, the less likely you are to make the sacrifice, or to be a great leader.

By Andy Stern | April 14, 2009; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Uncomplaining Courage

The question about Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama brings to mind another sea-faring leader, the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who endured physical and mental extremes to rescue his own men.

By Ed Ruggero | April 13, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culture Teaches Sacrifice

it is reassuring to see a leader sacrifice for his followers. I wonder how Wall Street "leaders" would have acted in this same situation: Perhaps the CEOs might have cut a deal to scuttle the ship for a share of the loot!

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | April 13, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

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