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Martin Davidson

Dr. Martin Davidson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he also serves as Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer. He blogs at Leveraging Difference.

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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?

President Obama gave a speech that continued to build unity within the Chamber by highlighting issues that each side could support--education and innovation, for example. Yet he avoided the perception that he was weakened or at the mercy of the new Congress by continuing to emphasize positions on which we would not compromise--rolling back health care and restraining spending for example. He spoke to issues that mattered to his audience (his constituents watching at home) and thereby appeared engaged with them.

Finally, he painted pictures of optimism and uplift as he sought to speak to peoples' hearts as well as to their minds. This is noteworthy because this is a strength he possesses. It was good to see him use it. His catch phrase, "Win the future," was simple and compelling.

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By Martin Davidson

 |  January 25, 2011; 11:23 PM ET
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"His catch phrase, "Win the future," was simple and compelling."

Isn't it a bit like Newt's 2005 book: "Winning the Future"?

Posted by: tpb2 | January 27, 2011 12:26 PM
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