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Patricia McGinnis
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Patricia McGinnis

Former President and CEO of The Council for Excellence in Government, McGinnis teaches leadership at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and advises the White House on leadership programs for presidential appointees.

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 and energy to improve lives in their communities, society, or the world.

I would nominate:

Bill and Melinda Gates and their team at the Gates Foundation for channeling their entrepreneurial leadership to improve lives throughout Africa by reducing sickness and death caused by infectious diseases including AIDS;

Wendy Kopp and her team at Teach for America for creating, expanding and improving a network of more than 24,000 young leaders who chose to improve lives through teaching in America's low income communities;

Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Director of Environment Stephen Nicholas and their team in Seattle city government for their Climate Protection Initiative, which began five years ago, when dramatically reduced snowmelt jeopardized the city's hydroelectric power sources and increased the risk of wildfires. The team enlisted public and private efforts to plant trees, invest in alternative energy, and limit greenhouse gases. The results: 60 percent reduction in emissions in the city of Seattle and signed commitments from over 450 mayors across the country to voluntarily reduce their emissions to those of the Kyoto Protocol;

And many more, ranging from highly visible leaders to unsung heroes in communities across the globe, who see a challenge and act, strategically enlisting the ideas and efforts of others to improve lives and sustain progress.

By Patricia McGinnis

 |  October 16, 2009; 10:02 AM ET
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