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Archive: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

From policy wonk to rock star

Washington is called "Hollywood for Ugly People" for the very reason that many leaders love the attention and ego-boosts that come with their newfound power.

By Robert Goodwin | March 12, 2010; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Beware, new leaders

Sexuality is a power source that has to be reckoned with in leadership -- and one we rarely discuss except when a scandal erupts.

By Marie Wilson | March 12, 2010; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (28)

The needy leader

Long ago, strong male leaders exerted sexual prowess. Now we have the inverse: Needy men seeking public attention via electoral politics and then illicit sex.

By Alan M. Webber | March 11, 2010; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

The halo-pitchfork cycle

We crown leaders with a shining halo, then gather our torches and delight in running them out of town when they prove themselves human.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | March 11, 2010; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

The female advantage

Why we don't see women in positions of power -- the precious few that there are -- exhibit sexual hubris?

By Lisa Larson | March 11, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

No private zone

The potent libido of some in power is unchanged. What has changed is the media, where new and 'scruffy' outlets have shrunk the zone of privacy accorded the powerful.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | March 11, 2010; 7:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Powerful women not a turn-on

What we want is for leaders to have personal discipline. Is that too much to ask?

By Juana Bordas | March 11, 2010; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (66)

Sex and power

Why do so many politicians jeopardize their careers by giving in to sexual temptation? They believe the rules don't apply to them.

By Michael Maccoby | March 11, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Appetite for arrogance

We have moved beyond allowing leaders to have, a la Henry VIII, whatever sexual conquest they desire. Too bad some of our leaders didn't get this memo.

By Coro Fellows | March 11, 2010; 3:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Transformers' meets PBS

How will the multi-year wars in Iraq and Afghanistan affect the mental health of our veterans and reintegration with their families?

By Robert Goodwin | March 10, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Transcript: Giuliani on his 9/11 'defiance'

"There were times I was going through it that morning, in which I did wonder, 'Could we handle it? Could we get through it?'"

By On Leadership video transcripts | March 10, 2010; 5:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Transcript: Rudy Giuliani on the 2008 presidential campaign

"I have no idea if I would do it again, but I would try not to make the same mistakes if I did it again."

By On Leadership video transcripts | March 10, 2010; 5:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Our Iraq ambivalence

The artist takes on the leader's dilemma but not the leader's responsibility for results.

By Columbia University students | March 9, 2010; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (15)

Socially conscious movies

Like a good leader, a good movie is always educating.

By Yash Gupta | March 9, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

A failure of Navy leadership

Captain Holly Graf, a commanding officer of a Navy missile cruiser, was apparently an abusive leader long before she was relieved with cause. The Navy needs to investigate.

By Bob Schoultz | March 9, 2010; 6:46 AM ET | Comments (68)

Remarkably realistic

When it comes to unrealistic war movies, there have been far worse than 'Hurt Locker.' This movie goes a long way to capturing the realities of war in the 21st century.

By Bob Schoultz | March 9, 2010; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where is she taking us?

Influence without a collective goal is simply influence or maybe even coercion, but certainly not leadership.

By Scott DeRue | March 9, 2010; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Good point, bad movie

Jesus' parables are considerably more fetching than Deuteronomy's dictates.

By Ken Adelman | March 9, 2010; 6:24 AM ET | Comments (5)

The real political statement: Avatar

'Avatar' succeeded in delivering a political message -- of anti-Americanism -- where 'Hurt Locker' failed.

By Slade Gorton | March 9, 2010; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (30)

Not the storm you want

Upton Sinclair said that he had meant to hit the country in the heart and had instead hit them in the stomach.

By Coro Fellows | March 9, 2010; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Art, not propaganda

In a drama, the characters have a life of their own; in a polemic the characters move in step with an agenda.

By John Baldoni | March 9, 2010; 5:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Artists as activists

Bringing entertainment that is valued by the masses is often quite different from delivering a message that has societal impact.

By John H. Cochran, MD | March 9, 2010; 5:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Things that go boom

'Hurt Locker's' box-office failures had little to do with politics, and everything to do with most Americans not wanting to go to the movies to watch things that go boom.

By Alan M. Webber | March 9, 2010; 5:41 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lock-step advisors

Dissension within a president's inner circle is rapidly being relegated to annals of American history.

By Robert Goodwin | March 8, 2010; 6:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is President Obama a 'transformational leader?'

President Obama has sometimes demonstrated transformational abilities, but going forward he must deploy them more strategically and personally.

By Thomas S. Bateman | March 8, 2010; 5:49 AM ET | Comments (31)

 
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