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Archive: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

The return of Joltin' Joe

For my parents' generation, Joe DiMaggio was an archetypal American hero. Capt. Sullenberger, with his quiet competence, now seems to have stepped up to that plate.

By Bob Schoultz | October 22, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Captain of his team

Competence, coolness under pressure and outstanding teamwork do not happen fluently if the captain of the team chokes.

By Doug Feaver | October 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Service before self'

As legendary basketball coach John Wooden used to say, "Sports do not build character. They reveal it." The same is true in a crisis.

By Robert Goodwin | October 21, 2009; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

The opposite of 'balloon boy'

Most Americans are tired of hyped-up media sensations like Michael Jackson or 'balloon boy' and inspired by stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

By Andy Stern | October 20, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

If Wall Street were an airline

Captain Sullenberger exhibited the kind of can-do, can't-fail leadership that business needs if we hope to re-build it into a trustworthy enterprise.

By Barry Salzberg | October 20, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Our secret hope

Against our suspicion that leaders are self-seeking egomaniacs, we still hope that when we are in danger, a competent, trustworthy, selfless leader will emerge to save the situation.

By Michael Maccoby | October 20, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Made in the U.S.A.

Capt. Sullenberger didn't just elevate the public's opinion of the airline industry; he also restored pride in the skill of American workers.

By Yash Gupta | October 20, 2009; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

'What's my river?'

Many of us are not in roles that yield such immediate, high stakes, or tangible signs of success. Capt. Sully's success reminds me to ask: What river are we aiming for?

By Tom Monahan | October 20, 2009; 8:17 AM ET | Comments (3)

No back-seat drivers

Leadership is easier to discern Sullenberger's case, and in sports and war, than it is in politics and public policy because it is clear cut and unequivocal.

By Slade Gorton | October 20, 2009; 6:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hero insanity

If Americans weren't so burned out by all the bad behavior by politicians and celebrities, we'd reserve the word "hero" and "leader" for circumstances that actually merit their application.

By Alan M. Webber | October 19, 2009; 9:06 PM ET | Comments (30)

Not a five-minute journey

In Sullenberger's story, we come to appreciate the highest calling of leadership: An absolute focus on the mission, whatever the chaos, fears, or even terror of the moment.

By Michael Useem | October 19, 2009; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

The quiet workers

Perhaps we are fascinated because we hope there are many more Sullies out there, quietly leading and working for the betterment of us all.

By Ed O'Malley | October 19, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

When nobody is looking

Everyone today who appears to be a role model or a hero ends up disappointing us. With Capt. Sully, the more we learned, the more we admired.

By Beth A. Brooke | October 19, 2009; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does hero = leader?

I am not sure people think of "Sully" as a leader, as much as they think of him as a "hero," but in U.S. politics, heroes often called upon to be political leaders.

By Howard Gardner | October 19, 2009; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

The power of humility

As leadership authors, we often describe leaders who give more than they take. When a story like Sully's comes along, we are able to say, "There it is, that's what I mean."

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | October 19, 2009; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Understated leadership

In the current political environment, elected leaders are not rewarded for quiet, calm and understated leadership.

By Kurt Schmoke | October 19, 2009; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

About On Leadership

Leadership is one of those magic things that's hard to define but pretty easy to identify when you see it. And in recent years, it seems to have been in short supply. Now, with the United States still struggling through...

By Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti | October 19, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

When Presidents and Generals Disagree

In Afghanistan, there may be more ways to fail than succeed, and in this complex situation, it's tempting -- and wrong -- to reduce the issue to "Obama vs. McChrystal."

By Ed Ruggero | October 19, 2009; 5:43 AM ET | Comments (12)

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