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Bill George

Bill George is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc., and the author of several best-selling books on leadership. His latest release is 7 Lessons for
Leading in Crisis

Real Leaders Don't Quit

In resigning as governor of Alaska in the middle of her term, Sarah Palin has behaved in a most irresponsible manner. Barring major health problems or family tragedies, elected leaders have a deep obligation to their constituents to fulfill the term of office for which they were elected.

Palin's decision not to stand for re-election is irrelevant to this consideration. For example, the governor of my home state, Tim Pawlenty, has also decided not to stand for re-election and may be considering a run for president in 2012, but he will most certainly serve out his term with distinction.

This kind of erratic behavior is consistent with what we have witnessed since she accepted the nomination for vice-president. She is not prepared for the national stage and all the media attention that comes with it. The final straw for her in her decision to resign may have been the Vanity Fair article.

It is clear that Sarah Palin is not an authentic leader in that she does not fulfill the responsibilities she has taken on. In that sense it is well for her to move out of leadership roles.

By Bill George

 |  July 7, 2009; 1:29 PM ET
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