Archive: Mickey Edwards
I don't think of it as "a hard line": I think of it as each side openly stating its desired outcome and then...
By Mickey Edwards | February 15, 2011; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (2)
Modern technology--fast-moving events and widespread reporting--create a perception that one must jump in quickly, but a wise leader will resist that temptation and...
By Mickey Edwards | February 7, 2011; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (3)
Challenges to his leadership come indirectly, creating situations that box him in without a direct confrontation, as in the military's test of a new weapon apparently without his prior knowledge. But two can play that game...
By Mickey Edwards | January 19, 2011; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (3)
While the left railed against tax breaks for "billionaires," that is not what was on the table. In the end, the president had to compromise because he had staked out a position that was untenable, especially in a time that required providing families with...
By Mickey Edwards | December 6, 2010; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (8)
If one merely thinks a proposal is "a good idea" and could be helpful, it is not leadership but hubris to try to impose it against the public will. In the private sector, that bar of "necessity" is very unlikely ever to be reached...
By Mickey Edwards | November 22, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (5)
It is the job of the "leader" to accumulate as many inputs as possible, decide how much weight to give to each view, consider what data points or perspectives are missing, and then come to a decision based on his or her own evaluation of the viable options to be considered. To simply defer to experts is to abdicate...
By Mickey Edwards | September 27, 2010; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (1)
Real leadership has many parts: framing the message, developing a coherent strategy, setting clear and achievable goals. Too informal or too decentralized a structure...
By Mickey Edwards | September 21, 2010; 02:21 PM ET | Comments (1)
In building an organization, sometimes an axe is important a tool as glue.
By Mickey Edwards | July 19, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (2)
There is a difference between "leading" and exercising the powers of an all-empowered "boss" who may simply issue commands.
By Mickey Edwards | July 15, 2010; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (1)
The revolution, at least until the outbreak of war, was largely decentralized; so is today's tea party movement. That is where the similarity ends.
By Mickey Edwards | July 1, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (4)
President Obama should worry less about railing at BP and more about addressing the underlying problem: our unbelievable demand for more and more energy.
By Mickey Edwards | June 15, 2010; 02:21 AM ET | Comments (1)
The blockade was not an 'Israeli blockade' but a blockade established jointly by Israel and Egypt. The leadership challenge, for the president and Congress, is to first gather as much information as possible.
By Mickey Edwards | June 2, 2010; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (2)
Empathy, while a nice quality, may lead to bias and favoritism -- a perfectly acceptable outcome in the political world and a completely unacceptable outcome in the judicial world.
By Mickey Edwards | May 18, 2010; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)
There is however a substantial downside to having a nominee who has been neither a judge nor an elected official: a lack of familiarity with the nominee's views on some very important matters, including the limits of presidential power.
By Mickey Edwards | May 10, 2010; 01:08 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Church has no authority other than moral authority; if it permits its moral authority to erode by an unwillingness to admit its errors and undertake reform, it will have no authority at all.
By Mickey Edwards | March 30, 2010; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (1)
If corporate executive find they are actually considering putting profit ahead of humanity, they should reflect on how they lost their moral compass.
By Mickey Edwards | March 25, 2010; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (0)
"The challenge of leadership is to understand what one can do and to focus one's attention on fulfilling that role."
By Mickey Edwards | March 19, 2010; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)
The first test of any leader's abilities is in deciding whose knowledge, experience, and judgment to take into account.
By Mickey Edwards | March 4, 2010; 06:26 AM ET | Comments (1)
Anybody who opposes legislation for reasons of partisan advantage is guilty of not doing his or her duty as a member of Congress.
By Mickey Edwards | February 23, 2010; 05:54 AM ET | Comments (4)
Obama has failed to understand how to effectively deploy his oratorical talents as a president rather than as a campaigner.
By Mickey Edwards | January 19, 2010; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (1)
Do we need more Joe Liebermans? Absolutely. We need more congressional leaders who owe their allegiance to the nation, not to a president, a party leader, or a political club.
By Mickey Edwards | December 22, 2009; 06:18 AM ET | Comments (19)
Leaders must always weigh and rank priorities because they can seldom get everything they want.
By Mickey Edwards | November 10, 2009; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (0)
The problem was not with the decision to address a perceived shortcoming, which had to be done, but in crippling the coach's ability to lead effectively.
By Mickey Edwards | October 28, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)
A good leader must explain with patience and clarity the reasons for the change, as the public will not follow an uncertain leader.
By Mickey Edwards | September 22, 2009; 06:14 AM ET | Comments (1)
Business schools need to become educational institutions, not just trade schools.
By Mickey Edwards | September 14, 2009; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (4)
I imagine President Obama was not very sorry to see Van Jones leave.
By Mickey Edwards | September 8, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (5)
Does the public really want giants? Or does it prefer mirrors?
By Mickey Edwards | August 31, 2009; 08:25 PM ET | Comments (2)
The senator known earlier for his free-wheeling life became a study in serious commitment to transcendent issues.
By Mickey Edwards | August 27, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)
One who bullies, is arbitrary, or otherwise instills fear, is more likely to breed failure than success and may well stir resentment that can lead to betrayal or silent sabotage.
By Mickey Edwards | August 18, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)
If a leader decides to take a longer break, whether clearing brush in Texas or going deep-sea fishing, as Harry Truman liked to do, the key is to not break the line of communication.
By Mickey Edwards | August 11, 2009; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (1)
Bank leaders with a concern for country, and not just corporation, should thank workers, reign in risk and donate money either to charity or the Treasury.
By Mickey Edwards | July 20, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (1)
"Moving on" without a clear repudiation of constitutional violations -- and perhaps appropriate punishment -- is simply not an option if the rule of law is to have any meaning.
By Mickey Edwards | July 13, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (1)
Phil Jackson creates a calm atmosphere in which players are able to remain grounded, self-motivated and avoid frenzy. That's a good recipe for leadership in any arena.
By Mickey Edwards | June 16, 2009; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)
Ironically, by emphasizing Judge Sotomayor's personal history, the Obama administration and her supporters have created controversy that need not exist.
By Mickey Edwards | June 8, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)
Leadership in a legislative or executive position is one thing; leadership on a court of law, with its more narrowly defined mission, is something quite different.
By Mickey Edwards | May 18, 2009; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)
Dick Cheney continues to speak on public matters, like his predecessors Al Gore or Jimmy Carter. When one's term ends, that person's brain does not dissolve and one's experiences do not suddenly become irrelevant.
By Mickey Edwards | May 12, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (5)
Although brinksmanship and ultimatums is sometimes successful -- as the record of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles shows -- patience, persistence and finding new options are better ways to proceed.
By Mickey Edwards | May 4, 2009; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)
The most important thing for the national leadership to do in a case like this is simply not to lend any credibility to the suggestion that there's anything to panic about.
By Mickey Edwards | April 27, 2009; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)
Closing the academies is one option, but properly understanding leadership training is another option and maybe the better one.
By Mickey Edwards | April 20, 2009; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (2)
The administration threw one CEO overboard; will that fix the problems?
By Mickey Edwards | March 30, 2009; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (2)
President Obama seems to realize what Bill Clinton did not: that Congress will write any new laws, and that his job is to spell out the grand idea.
By Mickey Edwards | March 2, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)
What is this "good soldier" nonsense? There is no inherent value in bipartisanship.
By Mickey Edwards | February 23, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)