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Archive: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Who's running the show?

Take JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis as a model: He met often with his advisers but left no doubt he was making the decisions.

By Yash Gupta | March 5, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vice: our common ground

They call it public life for a reason. If you have a vice, share it -- we'll find out about it anyways.

By Robert Goodwin | March 4, 2010; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Open to manipulation

The leaders most in danger of becoming dependent on an advisor are the ones who believe they don't need any advice.

By Michael Maccoby | March 4, 2010; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

Hollywood's female 'outlier'

Films and females have gone together since the beginning of the movie business. It's just that even now Hollywood wants women in front of the camera rather than behind it.

By Barbara Kellerman | March 4, 2010; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (11)

Rove's Brutus problem

President Bush should have learned a lesson from Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' and gotten rid of Karl Rove.

By Ken Adelman | March 4, 2010; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (7)

Advisors, not deciders

The first test of any leader's abilities is in deciding whose knowledge, experience, and judgment to take into account.

By Mickey Edwards | March 4, 2010; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

The ventriloquist and the dummy

Behind the thinly veiled trick, the puppet has no voice. Self-aware leaders continually search for, and use, their own voice.

By Coro Fellows | March 4, 2010; 4:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Private peccadilloes, public sin

Shouldn't we be less concerned about the smoking president and more concerned with the smoking gun that indicates that our leaders are breaking the public trust?

By Juana Bordas | March 3, 2010; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Privacy is old-fashioned

Says Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

By Amy M. Wilkinson | March 3, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (14)

A refreshing breath of off-message reality

How do we know what's real and what's artificial? A sly peek at a leader's vices helps make them real people.

By Donald Kettl | March 3, 2010; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leave them alone!

We are all human beings and these "little vices" are not impacting their work.

By Marshall Goldsmith | March 3, 2010; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video transcript: Rudy Giuliani on 'honorable compromise'

"It's foolish to make compromise a bad word, or to even suggest that people of principle don't compromise. You compromise to accomplish what you think are the most important things."

By Andrea Useem | March 3, 2010; 6:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vices can be humanizing

Perhaps by having his temper exposed, Brown has been revealed as passionately pursuing an agenda which the public understands.

By Michael Maccoby | March 2, 2010; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Quit in public

The president would do well to say, "Look, I smoke now and then, but I know it's unhealthy, and I'm working hard to quit."

By Yash Gupta | March 2, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

In praise of damaged leaders

Our next great leaders will dare to be flawed and that, in part, is why people will follow them.

By Martin Davidson | March 2, 2010; 5:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not a character flaw

I am not an supporter of most of President Obama's policies, but I wish him every success in fighting the habit.

By Slade Gorton | March 2, 2010; 5:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

The $400 haircut

Pay less attention to the vice and more attention to the disparity between who leaders pretends to be and what they actually do in real life.

By Alan M. Webber | March 2, 2010; 5:15 AM ET | Comments (69)

'The vices I admire'

As Winston Churchill, himself no stranger to brandy and cigars, once quipped about someone he knew: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

By John Baldoni | March 2, 2010; 5:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Leaders: Approach the confessional!

Honesty for leaders is still the best policy. Because if they don't talk about it first, someone else will bring it up.

By Coro Fellows | March 2, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

The self-aware leader

At a very basic level, trustworthy leaders are those whose actions are consistent with their words

By Gail S. Williams | March 1, 2010; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

Leaders who are 'just like us'

People around the world struggle everyday with habits that they cannot break, and we all lose control over our emotions at times.

By Scott DeRue | March 1, 2010; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Frank with frailties

I don't think it is easy for those of us who have never smoked to understand the grip that nicotine gets on smokers.

By John H. Cochran, MD | March 1, 2010; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strong doesn't mean perfect

In fact, people don't trust "perfect."

By Carol Kinsey Goman | March 1, 2010; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Oprah-style confession

In an age of transparency, it is not possible to hide these personal habits, so far better to be straightforward and honest about them.

By Howard Gardner | March 1, 2010; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Own the Podium,' vindicated

Canadians and Canadian athletes have been wildly energized setting Winter Olympic history in winning gold medals, and that wouldn't have happened with the "Own the Podium" strategy. have happened without setting the Own the Podium goal.

By Roger Martin | March 1, 2010; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (17)

 
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