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Joanne B. Ciulla

Joanne B. Ciulla

Joanne Ciulla is Professor and Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, the only undergraduate degree-granting school of leadership studies in the world.


Question: From a leadership perspective--moving the country and the political process away from division and gridlock and toward consensus, confidence and action--how would you grade President Obama's State of the Union speech?

My grade for the president's speech is a solid A-.

From the point of view of leadership, not politics, the president's speech did several things right. He acknowledged our nation's current problems, but he kept his eye on the big picture. He made clear that his vision was inclusive of all Americans, regardless of political party, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation. And he reminded us of the realistic possibility of a brighter future, based on the powerful legacy of the American dream. On this last point, he even got Senator Boehner a little misty-eyed.

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By Joanne B. Ciulla

 |  January 26, 2011; 10:32 AM ET
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It seems Senator Boehner gets misty-eyed like twelve times per day!

Posted by: Luna2004 | January 26, 2011 2:21 PM
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