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Archive: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Unpleasant Necessity

I have always disliked presiding at meeting, but a leader must attend frequent meetings and be a fine listener in order to be successful.

By Slade Gorton | October 16, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nominee: Gates, Kopp and Mayor Greg Nickels

If there were a Nobel Prize for Leadership, it should go to individuals and teams whose ideas, communications and actions actually improve lives or propel others to release their talent to improve the world.

By Patricia McGinnis | October 16, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nominee: Fred Adams of Utah

Fred Adams did the improbable: Build an affordable, popular Shakespearean festival in rural America.

By Ken Adelman | October 15, 2009; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Everyday Servant Leaders

Servant leaders make huge sacrifices and risk their lives for the benefit of humanity -- often laboring in obscurity.

By Robert Goodwin | October 15, 2009; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Idea Creation, Not Message Broadcast

Bringing people together just to tell them something is obsolete. Bringing people together to create new ideas is more important than ever.

By Roger Martin | October 15, 2009; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Champion of the Poor and Voiceless

There's no great challenge in leading those who are able to fight their own battles.

By Bill Shore | October 15, 2009; 4:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Real Weaknesses of Nonprofit Leaders

In an age of celebrity, too many leaders, including our president, on focused on themselves.

By Pablo Eisenberg | October 14, 2009; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nominee: White House Usher

There should be a Nobel Prize for leadership for the best "servant leader" we can find, and my nomination is White House Chief Usher, Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon.

By Daisy Wademan Dowling | October 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Best Executives

The financial crisis showed us the enormous power of corporate executives to create or destroy value. What we need is a global leadership prize to recognize the best of them.

By Angel Cabrera | October 14, 2009; 5:35 AM ET | Comments (39)

No Prize for Norwegians

If the Norwegians meant to bolster Obama's ability to change the world for the better, I doubt they have succeeded.

By Michael Maccoby | October 14, 2009; 5:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Burden, Not a Reward

Leaders like President Obama are under enough pressure as it is without winning a prize that places the hopes of the world on their shoulders.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | October 13, 2009; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nominee: Social Entrepreneurs

A Nobel Prize for Leadership, in my view, would be awarded to those who bring about change for the good of humanity -- today, that means social entrepreneurs.

By Howard Gardner | October 13, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Disturbing Silence

My Nobel Prize for Leadership would recognize not achievement broadly defined, or abstract qualities of leadership, but clear and undeniable moral authority.

By Alan M. Webber | October 12, 2009; 10:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Best Disappointer

The Nobel Prize for Leadership should be awarded to those who have demonstrated unusual courage in disappointing their own people in pursuit of a solution to an intractable problem.

By Marty Linsky | October 12, 2009; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nominee: Ben Bernanke

Under tremendous pressure, Bernanke calmly helped fashion a U.S. policy response to the financial meltdown that brought the world back from the brink.

By Paul R. Portney | October 12, 2009; 10:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nominee: U.S. Armed Forces

Our military is made of imperfect people who acknowledge their faults and learn from past mistakes.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | October 12, 2009; 10:20 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Pedestal Problem

By exalting singular public figures, we ordinary people tend to distance ourselves from the idea of leadership, not realizing we ourselves are capable of it.

By George Reed | October 12, 2009; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Confluence of Traits

If you were giving out a prize for leadership, the likely recipient would be someone who possesses not just one outstanding quality but a confluence of strong traits.

By Yash Gupta | October 12, 2009; 9:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

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