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Archive: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

A suddenly fashionable name

Rand Paul has benefited from the perfect mixture of lineage and political climate to potentially win a Senate seat; that alone won't be enough for him to lead effectively if he gets to Washington.

By Coro Fellows | May 21, 2010; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (43)

The power of the caring adult

In our work with leaders, we frequently hear of the significance that caring adults have had in their lives.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | May 21, 2010; 5:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not in the gene pool

If leadership were heritable, Congress would have legalized human cloning a long, long time ago.

By Kathryn Kolbert | May 21, 2010; 5:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Supreme Court's immigrant roots

Will the Supreme Court justices remember where they came from -- not just their elite education but their immigrant parents and ancestors?

By Juana Bordas | May 19, 2010; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (10)

Wicked smart, despite naysayers

Imagine if the president had nominated a woman from a less prestigious school? You can bet the naysayers would have been squealing she wasn't good enough for the job.

By Kathryn Kolbert | May 19, 2010; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The unconvential performance idea that works

Great performance results from a person being pushed just beyond his or her limits through activities that can be repeated at high volume with a great deal of feedback.

By Geoff Colvin | May 19, 2010; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

The best and brightest

If they all hold degrees from America's most prestigious universities, so be it.

By Robert Goodwin | May 18, 2010; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ivy is good but we need more

There is nothing wrong with a bunch of Ivy League minds coming together on the Supreme Court bench, but we have to ask what else matters in rendering the best justice we can.

By Martin Davidson | May 18, 2010; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (23)

No Ivy monopoly on leadership

We should never permit any institution, or elite group of institutions, to be the sole source of leadership, because no one institution possesses all of the best and brightest.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | May 18, 2010; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ivy League influence

There is clear evidence that our place in elite social networks explains our social status and mobility.

By Scott DeRue | May 18, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

The test of a meritocracy

Our university system should be a point of pride for us. The American system works because we believe in merit.

By Yash Gupta | May 18, 2010; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Intelligence -- or access?

Effective leaders are street savvy because they are curious. We need our leaders to ask questions both to gain information as well as to challenge assumptions.

By John Baldoni | May 18, 2010; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

A place for smarts, not 'empathy'

Empathy, while a nice quality, may lead to bias and favoritism -- a perfectly acceptable outcome in the political world and a completely unacceptable outcome in the judicial world.

By Mickey Edwards | May 18, 2010; 6:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Liability for elected leaders

While some elected leaders have Ivy League backgrounds, few flaunt it and many disguise it.

By Slade Gorton | May 18, 2010; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ready for legal combat

President Obama and Democrats would do far better basing their support for candidates on those who embody a progressive judicial philosophy rather than a particular set of life experiences.

By Jon Cowan | May 18, 2010; 5:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ivies more diverse than ever

In 1960, the Ivy League was filled with white males, mostly WASP, with a sprinkling of Jews and Catholics, and one or two token blacks per campus.

By Howard Gardner | May 18, 2010; 5:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Skin-deep diversity

The value of diversity is not captured in a photograph; it is realized when different perspectives are brought to the table that were shaped by varying experiences.

By Coro Fellows | May 18, 2010; 4:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

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