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Ken Adelman
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Ken Adelman

A Reagan-era Ambassador and Arms Control Director, Ken Adelman is co-founder and vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which offers executive training and leadership development.

The mitigators: David Cameron and Nick Clegg

Question:Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?

Hands down, it's the slash-while-smiling twosome of British politics: Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg. Coming from opposite ends of UK politics, they furnish a model of political and economic leadership.

Protesters might terrify formal-attired Camilla and Charles. But even that turned out fine. With budgets being slashed, there's no way to avoid such resistance--whether from students with scant tuition or from beneficiaries with lavish government handouts.

But the harmony, decency and rationality of the Cameron-Clegg team undercut the resistance. The protesters then seem unruly, even selfish. With everyone taking a big hit, and policies generally fair, resisting them becomes provincial and greedy.

Critics in the emasculated Labor Party, and/or the press, have found flaws in certain new policies. When happening happened, their Chancellor of the Exchequer pops up in public to admit (in essence): "Good point. We were hasty. The critics are right. So we're changing the policy from A to B." Controversy ended. Policy improved.

An impressive team, which can slash and smile, while keeping a stiff upper lip.

By Ken Adelman

 |  December 20, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Category:  A leader's team , Accomplishing Goals , Crisis leadership , Government leadership , Political leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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