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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.

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From the point of view of leadership, not politics, the president's speech did several things right...

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 26, 2011; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

GOP scare tactics won't work

I think the Republicans have always known that once the universal health care genie is out of the bottle, it will be hard to get it back in.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | March 23, 2010; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

The genius and pitfalls of charisma

Palin makes her audience feel good about themselves, but most importantly, she makes them want her as their leader.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | February 10, 2010; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (21)

Start with gratitude

Employers should not only express their appreciation and debt to employees but also make good on that debt when business improves.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 6, 2010; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

The voracity of war

Military leaders face the challenge of deploying and bringing home fighters who are still decent human beings.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | November 6, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Burden, Not a Reward

Leaders like President Obama are under enough pressure as it is without winning a prize that places the hopes of the world on their shoulders.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | October 13, 2009; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Play His Game

U.S. leaders need to sit down and patiently try to lay out a broad framework for trade and cooperation with Iran.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | September 29, 2009; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (6)

Earning Isn't Leading

Wall Street often equates people who know how to earn high wages with people who know how to lead.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | September 16, 2009; 06:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

Be a Fear Fighter

At this point, President Obama should be fighting the public fear of health-care reform - not using fear to discipline his party.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | August 21, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (10)

'Precious' Advice

G.K Chesterton wrote there are three ways to enjoy leisure: "The first is being allowed to do something. The second is being allowed to do anything and the third (and perhaps most rare and precious) is being allowed to do nothing."

By Joanne B. Ciulla | August 13, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Next Pundit

After the excitement of running for vice president, the trauma of ethics investigations, the attacks on her family, and the difficulties of running a state in hard times, being a governor just isn't fun anymore.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | July 7, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Immorality, Magnified

The public is more willing to forgive political leaders' love affairs than their indiscretions on the job. They are like us - fallible human beings - but unlike us, we entrust them to look after the common good.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | July 1, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bush Gets It

President Bush understood the meaning of the inauguration ceremony -- a handing over to power -- and what that means for criticizing the next president. Apparently, Vice President Cheney did not.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | May 13, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

Liberal Arts and Leadership

Aristotle said that the goal of the liberal arts is to educate people on how to make choices in a free society. He did not advocate leadership "training," which, if you think about it, is really an oxymoron.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | April 22, 2009; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

No One Likes a Bully

Smiles are a good start, but nothing beats gaining trust and respect when it comes to developing a productive working relationship, which is what Obama accomplished on this trip.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | April 6, 2009; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (6)

Designing a New GM Leader

GM categorizes its leaders as "finance guys" and "car guys" (engineers). Maybe GM needs another leader category, such as a cheerleader/salesman like Lee Iacocca to restore confidence in the company.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | April 1, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Method Behind the Madness

This economic crisis offers an important chance to rethink the value and pay of leaders in all areas, and organizations might be able to end the pay arms race that has not always given us leaders with the values that we want for our organizations and institutions.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | March 17, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Circuit City's Example

The most humane thing that employers can do when they downsize or go out of business is also the most obvious: Help employees find new work, as Circuit City is doing.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | February 10, 2009; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

You Can't Buy Leadership

Leaders get into ethical trouble when their sense of being "special" leads them to believe they are exempt from the social and moral constraints placed on everyone else.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | February 3, 2009; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

Recycling Employees

American business leaders have tended to think of employees as disposable, not recyclable, commodities. If an employee stops "working right," they throw him or her out and get a new person.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 26, 2009; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Grindstone Time

What does Obama want from the American people and what does he promise them? The answer so far: Hard work.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 22, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Diversity Leadership

I credit President Bush with hastening the demise of the "stale, pale, male" image of leaders in America, particularly in appointing Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as Secretaries of State.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 6, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Won't Get Fooled Again?

It is difficult to give leaders a second chance when they do not clearly admit they were wrong, apologize, and convince us they will not make the same mistake again.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | December 8, 2008; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

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