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Deborah Ancona

Deborah Ancona

Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center.

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Four obstacles for Mubarak

If there is a system where people have been repressed, unemployment is high and emotions have been smoldering, then the pressure builds; and when the cork is pulled out, it is very hard to put it back in...

By Deborah Ancona | February 1, 2011; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (1)


This was not an exciting speech, and there was not a lot of detail on how to move forward. There was no dramatic plan for dealing with a deficit that...

By Deborah Ancona | January 25, 2011; 11:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

The helpful hands: You and your neighbor?

here were those who helped people trapped under rubble. There were those who helped organize others to find water, set up shelters and care for new orphans. There were...

By Deborah Ancona | December 22, 2010; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nice engine, but does the steering wheel work?

Contrary to popular belief the Tea Party, like most successful distributed-leadership efforts, is enabled by strong executive leaders. While not formal leaders, people like Sarah Palin...

By Deborah Ancona | September 21, 2010; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Time for old-fashioned horse trading on carbon

Maybe we should wait until the mid-term elections are over and the political stakes a bit lower, then get members of both parties off together away from the glare of the television lights. Let them do some old fashioned horse trading, or energy negotiating, with a commitment to move forward.

By Deborah Ancona | August 4, 2010; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (15)

Distributed leadership at work

Today 'command and control' at the top is going the way of the buggy whip and being replaced by 'distributed leadership' where junior leaders act when the situation demands.

By Deborah Ancona | April 22, 2010; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Insanely great' leadership

For all the stories of his ego and pushing people too hard, Steve Jobs still manages to inspire and lead.

By Deborah Ancona | January 28, 2010; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Distributed leadership

Leaders need to be visible, tell the truth, say what they know, and what they don't know, and say it over and over again.

By Deborah Ancona | January 6, 2010; 05:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Standing and delivering

In an age when problems can rapidly deteriorate into crises, military leaders know how to assess a problem, lay out a strategy and tactics and deliver.

By Deborah Ancona | November 4, 2009; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celebrate the Heroes

Bring out those who have had the courage to buck Wall Street trends and help them to change the game.

By Deborah Ancona | September 17, 2009; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Late Bloomer

His could have been a story of the misspent life of the younger son, but Teddy Kennedy found a way to turn his life around and become a true statesman.

By Deborah Ancona | August 28, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

A Cancer that Can't Be Ignored

Much as Obama might want to focus on the future and not the past--might not want the media spotlight and his administration's energy put on these issues--he may need to deal with this issue now or risk having the malignancy spread.

By Deborah Ancona | July 13, 2009; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (4)

Palin Represents Hope

She represents the possibility that you can make a difference even when you do not have the "right" pedigree.

By Deborah Ancona | July 8, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (11)

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