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Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero.

Getting Away With It

The "it depends" answer turns on the leader's general character, reputation, and particular role in an organization. If your wandering eye is well known, and you don't make a big deal about family values, then you can get away with escapades.

That is why Bill Clinton was not censored by much of the American public, and why Silvio Berlusconi can get away with his adventures and his loose tongue. But if you present yourself as a person of family values and faithfulness -- as Edwards or Sanford did -- or if you opposed Clinton while doing the same thing yourself, a la Newt Gingrich, then your effectiveness as a leader is likely to be compromised.

By Howard Gardner

 |  June 29, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
Category:  Ethics Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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what a flawed and wafer-thin argument.

Gardner totally misses the point that Sanford was caught when he lied about his whereabouts and took off for a week without telling anybody.

Posted by: korgy | July 1, 2009 9:28 AM
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