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Archive: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Not a contest

Authentic leadership is not a popularity contest. Nor should leadership be media driven - constantly responding to moment-by-moment reporting and second guessing.

By Juana Bordas | April 16, 2010; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (3)

Guided, not governed, by popularity

Because leaders often can't generate the results they seek without a broad base of support, they must always be attuned to the public sentiment to know when greater efforts at compromise or communication are required.

By Robert Goodwin | April 16, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trust results, not applause

Leaders must find the right advisors for feedback they can focus on results and execute without being distracted by popular opinion and talking heads on TV.

By Lisa Larson | April 15, 2010; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Abraham Lincoln: Never made of marble

'Now he belongs to the ages.' Those words, uttered after Abraham Lincoln died 145 years ago today, began the process of deifying our 16th president.

By Nancy Koehn | April 15, 2010; 1:17 PM ET | Comments (37)

Mom was right

After three years at West Point, as a witness to both inspiring and repulsive leadership styles, I've concluded that popularity is irrelevant.

By West Point Cadets | April 15, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

'All glory is fleeting'

What military officers have in common with other leaders that reach celebrity status is that their celebrity status will eventually fade or come to an abrupt end.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | April 15, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Unforseen events

Elected leaders cannot always control the public's feelings about them. Often it's events that determine their popularity.

By Michael Maccoby | April 15, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Listen to the crowd

Tim Geithner and everyone else in a leadership position must be concerned about their level of support. Without followers, they aren't leaders.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | April 15, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beating around the Bush

When popularity is high people are more inclined to follow and give you the benefit of the doubt -- even if you are wrong.

By Coro Fellows | April 15, 2010; 12:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Not in my term of office'

The art of leadership includes preparing for the unexpected. In an unpredictable world, that's more valuable than ever.

By Michael Useem | April 14, 2010; 9:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Between risk and certainty

World leaders like President Obama in Washington this week can learn from this by not shying away from the challenge of this decision making process.

By Amy Fraher | April 13, 2010; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Transcript: Tammy Duckworth on leadership

"So let's get over this discussion of whether or not women should be in combat, we already are. We are already leading, we are already dying, we are already defending liberty, we are already fighting for freedom, and let's focus on what do we need to do to build the best leaders."

By On Leadership video transcripts | April 13, 2010; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (4)

Leadership, made in India

A new book argues that India has developed a unique style of leadership, whose four principles are holistic engagement of employees, improvisation and adaptability, creative value propositions and broad mission and purpose.

By John Baldoni | April 13, 2010; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

The duty of leaders

This level of ignorance is, in itself, a high-risk problem, making it that much tougher - and that much more urgent - for our leaders to guide the way toward a threat-free future.

By Yash Gupta | April 13, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was 9/11 real enough?

If somehow, someway, Iran or al-Qaeda acquired the materials to create a nuclear bomb, the threat of a nuclear attack would not seem so 'abstract and complicated.'

By West Point Cadets | April 13, 2010; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (13)

We are all 'slackers'

Rally around a common foe, make it personal, and tap into deeper values -- This formula can be used to engage people on many of the long-term threats we now face.

By Jon Cowan | April 13, 2010; 6:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Long-term thinking

Focusing on future, abstract issues instead of the immediate ones? That sounds a lot like the definition of maturity.

By Columbia University students | April 13, 2010; 5:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

The realistic leader

Is it likely that a free country will be willing to make major present sacrifices against an uncertain and distant future? The leaders sees 'through a glass darkly.'

By Slade Gorton | April 13, 2010; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

A hole 'narrow but deep'

The leader should focus the group on the cataclysmic consequences, rather than the improbability of such an event happening.

By Ken Adelman | April 13, 2010; 5:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Curing our evolutionary hangover

Q: This week's nuclear summit presents one of those difficult leadership challenge: focusing attention and resources on a low-probability problem that would be disastrous if it occurred. Global warming, 100-year floods, financial meltdowns are other examples. How can a leader...

By Coro Fellows | April 13, 2010; 4:27 AM ET | Comments (5)

Inspiration in the face of apocalypse

The public tends to turn off when faced with complicated, scary scenarios. Instead, leaders should offer an inspiring vision.

By Michael Maccoby | April 12, 2010; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

One nuclear bomb can ruin a whole presidency

You can do a lot of little things right and be an adequate leader, but if you fail to do the one big thing, and you are a total failure as a leader.

By Alan M. Webber | April 12, 2010; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Set the azimuth' on al-Qaeda

Why aren't all elements of our national power applied to this problem of nuclear security? When will we appreciate that the solution involves much more than our great military?

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | April 12, 2010; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Make it personal

When it comes to global warming, nuclear disarmament or any other issue with far-reaching consequences you communicate on a level that people can understand.

By John Baldoni | April 12, 2010; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

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