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Marshall Goldsmith
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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, speaker, coach and best-selling author. His most recent book is Mojo.

Chief coordinator

In response to the On Leadership question: What is the best role for a top political leader in a response to natural disaster such as Haiti's? Daily progress meetings at the White House? Symbolic on-the-scene consultations and relief work? Announcing big budget Marshall Plans?

There is no right answer to this question, but two important roles are providing supportive leadership and managing coordination with other countries and agencies.

Political leaders can first communicate sincere caring and concern. They can encourage their constituents to contribute however they can, while providing ideas on how contributions can be made.

Second, political leaders can manage coordination. The best intended efforts can fall apart if countries and agencies do not communicate effectively and coordinate their contributions.

The amount of actual budget contribution would depend upon the ability of the country to donate.

By Marshall Goldsmith

 |  January 16, 2010; 5:44 AM ET
Category:  Crisis leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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