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Prudence Bushnell
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Prudence Bushnell

As CEO of Sage Associates, Ambassador Prudence Bushnell lectures and consults on international and leadership topics.

More Training, Not Less

Of course, leadership skills can be taught. Personal leadership skills, such as active listening, standing up for oneself and others, influencing behaviors, etc. can be taught from grade school on. Leadership character can be modeled and reinforced through organizational norms and reward systems in the family, schools, worship and community centers, etc.

Do not need military schools to make sure leadership is taught (at least to a few with guns)? Certainly, we need more public service civilian leadership schools, and there are people working on the idea. They need support!

By Prudence Bushnell

 |  April 24, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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Ambassador Bushnell is right about the need for serious study of, and preparation for, leadership. The University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, and the Jepson School at the University of Richmond are examples of how this is being done in academic settings. They, and others, do need our support. This subject is bigger than any one school or discipline. It's bigger than business, education, or public administration. I would like to hear more about what she is working on.

Posted by: ger7397 | April 26, 2009 11:49 AM
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