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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.

Regrettable But Acceptable

Though regrettable, Steve Jobs' silence about his recent illnesses is not a venal violation of the principles of leadership.

Jobs has a long, strong track record in business, he is seen as a straight shooter, and many dedicated to integrity still feel that the private should not automatically become public (cf. the case of Clinton-Lewinsky). Had he been new to business, had he a pattern of misrepresentations, or had the business shown a downward trend, shareholders and pundits would not be so tolerant.

That said, I wish that Jobs had been candid about his illnesses. It would have set a positive example for others and, absent any evident signs of injury to Apple, would not have caused any difficulty to his reputation or to the company's prospects.

By Howard Gardner

 |  June 22, 2009; 10:38 AM ET
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