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David Walker
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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

The power of shared principles

Q: Has the recent success of the Tea Party come because of, or in spite of, the movement's lack of a formal leadership structure? Along with Wikipedia, open-source software and organizations like moveon.org, is this another example of the power of distributed leadership?

Organizations and movements should be driven by a shared set of principles, values and priorities if they want to be successful and sustainable. Leadership matters a lot, but it is temporary. Principles and values are timeless. Original research and overall quality assurance need to be coordinated by a central organization (which could be virtual), while execution and innovation should be performed primarily on a decentralized basis.

Most Americans, including me, relate favorably to the Tea Party's ideas of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility. However, if the Tea Party fails to develop sensible solutions that can actually be implemented, its influence will wane over time.

By David Walker

 |  September 21, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
Category:  Government leadership , Political leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Why are the American People treating the terroist group known as the “tea party’ any different than the terroist group known as the “taliban”. Both groups use hatred and fear as their weapons of choice. Why?

Posted by: rkornegay1 | September 21, 2010 4:48 PM
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