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Andy Stern

Andy Stern is president of the two-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America.

Not If But When

The key to leadership is appreciating that, on one hand, all situations have unique characteristics, and, at the same time, that there are only a specific number of tools at one's disposal to deal with a situation.

There is a different approach required in dealing with lower-level government officials who are generally more aligned politically and on policy, and more dependent on their superiors for career advancement than dealing with independently elected members of Congress.

Particularly in the Senate, a president's exerting influence is more of an art than a science. For some Senators being part of a political party is the controlling factor, for others there are transactional desires for projects for their home state or key political appointments, and for others policy is a key determinative.

But the age-old question, "Is it better to be loved than feared," can be answered in a congressional context: To be successful, a president needs to convince others he can chose to be either and is capable of exercising the skills to accomplish both.

Any new president faces that challenge of being at times loved and other times feared, this president is no different.

By Andy Stern

 |  August 18, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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Unlike Dray26, I have no personal objection to Mr. Stern. That said, this article is terrible. It has no applicability to anyone outside Barack Obama (and even then the topic is poorly applied) and offers zero insight into leadership. To turn to the cliched phrase of being loved versus feared and saying it's best to be both (an answer given 500 years ago by Machiavelli and better explained/caveated) is so trite that I almost gagged when I read it. Despite Mr. Stern's successes in life, this column provides no value or contribution to discussions of leadership.

Posted by: humidor8 | August 19, 2009 8:56 AM
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Of all people to write an artitle on leadership, you choose Andy Stern? This hack has broken EVERY single labor law using union-busting tricks to coerce workers. On top of that, he has been condemned by almost every single labor leader. SEIU is a top-down, corporate union that only cares about their members' dues. SEIU does not care about true health care reform (check their partnership w/ PHRMA) nor workers rights, all they care about is money and power. Andy Stern is a douche bag and needs to be removed from power!!!! FYI...I don't need his advice on leadership.

Posted by: dray26 | August 19, 2009 1:21 AM
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Fear of Obama began with his own misuse of Courts to seal his intel.
His first sppech was to Islam and not the USA voter.
The rest, shall we say, is going to be history in the Library of Congress.

The petition to Redress for No Confidence in the the Federal Government of the United States of America by recall (every member named) of Congress, The Hill, The Cabinet, The Czars, and Obama, apparently have replaced trying to be heard at town hall meetings.

The petitions are quietly being gathered and taken to a central recordation number at the local County recordation offices to enter as a document, to then be poooled with other Countys and entered into the Library of Congress, as a historical document of the No Confidence vote of the people of each State enmasse, all ages.

Posted by: dottydo | August 18, 2009 4:34 PM
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