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Marshall Goldsmith
Executive Coach/Author

Marshall Goldsmith

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

Leave them alone!

Q: Barack Obama still sneaks cigarettes. Gordon Brown has a mean temper. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin struggles with her weight. At what point do a leader's personal vices begin to undermine effectiveness? Is it better to hide them or acknowledge them?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's mean temper may actually be impacting his effectiveness as a leader. It may be inhibiting his direct reports ability to tell him the news he needs to hear. I have read a lot about this in the UK papers. If this is true, it is an important factor.

As for President Obama and Surgeon General Benjamin - my vote is to 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
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