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Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.)

Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.)

Todd Henshaw is currently the director of executive leadership programs at Wharton. Previously, he directed the leadership program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Crush the rebellion or leave

When a country's leaders have established this type of relationship with citizens, the choices are simple. Crush the rebellion, or leave the country. Many of the strategies that might be available in more representative governments (like negotiation, compromise or gradual accommodation) are out of reach...

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | February 23, 2011; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (6)

Creating a Benedict Arnold

As with the Benedict Arnold example, star performers can move up the organization to positions of great responsibility, without a clear understanding of the value of ethical behavior and institutional rules and...

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | December 13, 2010; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

TSA--and politicians--need to make more unpopular decisions

It is the responsibility of the TSA to protect us, period. TSA leaders must be prepared to make unpopular decisions regarding our safety. Our sensitivities and complaints matter, but in this case leadership means doing something unpopular to keep us safe and fulfilling the responsibilities associated with TSA's mission...

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | November 22, 2010; 07:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

On being a 'net negative'

Pelosi has become an anchor around the neck of the once hopeful Democratic Party, and the election should have been signal enough for her to move on. Any attempt on her part to linger, to continue to represent Democratic ideals and intentions, will further set the party back. She's had her opportunity, it's time for new blood...

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | November 8, 2010; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

It's refreshing that Zuckerberg focuses on 'inside game'

It is true that the CEO represents the corporate brand, so attention must be paid to appearances and image as the "marketer in chief." But this must be balanced with "inside game," working diligently for shareholders and stakeholders to whom...

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | October 4, 2010; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

The heroes of Omaha Beach

Sitting on Omaha Beach today, it's hard for me to put the words "corporate hero" together.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | July 26, 2010; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (13)

He had me at Pat Tillman

I thought that Gen. McChrystal's career ended with the Tillman investigation, and I was surprised to see his name appear as the new commander in Afghanistan.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | June 24, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (7)

Failing the 'organizational scout' test

If leaders aren't looking ahead, setting expectations for performance -- especially in high risk areas -- and holding people accountable, why do we need them?

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | June 14, 2010; 08:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Sad day for Washington

Leaders find a way to build consensus and community. Washington is doing neither of these.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | March 23, 2010; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (28)

The halo-pitchfork cycle

We crown leaders with a shining halo, then gather our torches and delight in running them out of town when they prove themselves human.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | March 11, 2010; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

Afghanistan's West Point

My experience at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan showed me leadership development is already happening, but that it may take a generation to accomplish.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | December 3, 2009; 02:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ft. Hood reveals hidden wounds

The Army is a solid institution, composed of leaders who care about their people. But this shooting provides yet another example of an institution, and more specifically, a support system under stress.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | November 6, 2009; 05:39 AM ET | Comments (10)

Ten lost cadets

Leadership is about leaving it all on the field rather than taking it off the table. That may explain why Americans trust military leaders over Wall Street leaders.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | November 2, 2009; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (23)

The power of humility

As leadership authors, we often describe leaders who give more than they take. When a story like Sully's comes along, we are able to say, "There it is, that's what I mean."

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | October 19, 2009; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Education Without Ethics

To change Wall Street, business schools should include ethical leadership as a core component of their curricula.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | September 16, 2009; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (8)

'Kill' the Leader

Solid succession planning means handing the reins to the next in charge and pulling yourself out of the daily rhythm of the business to allow others to lead.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | August 11, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Washington-Style Leadership

I often wonder how much "leadership" transpires in the White House. I picture every decision staffed and vetted with a multitude of advisers.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | August 4, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

Palin Struggled Under Scrutiny

Palin's experience is similar to the pitcher who was elevated to the majors, but failed so miserably under the bright lights of the big city that even hometown fans lost confidence.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | July 7, 2009; 11:19 PM ET | Comments (4)

Unspoken Rules

Former Vice President Cheney should learn from generations of military officers who understand that once you leave command, you serve as a silent advisor, only providing input when it's requested from the new leader.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | May 12, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Measuring Stick

When a crisis occurs, leaders learn whether they have invested the proper attention to building the trust, confidence and transparency necessary to successfully negotiate the uncertainty that come along with these events.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | April 29, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Culture Teaches Sacrifice

it is reassuring to see a leader sacrifice for his followers. I wonder how Wall Street "leaders" would have acted in this same situation: Perhaps the CEOs might have cut a deal to scuttle the ship for a share of the loot!

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | April 13, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Beheading Is No Cure

Removing Wagoner sends a clear signal, but in this case removing the head will not cure the patient. It's time for an industry outsider to bring sweeping changes to this failed industry.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | April 1, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defending "Business Values"

I've always argued to fellow military leaders that the business world values selflessness and service to others, just like the military. But AIG makes this defense very difficult.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | March 19, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pressured to Conform

In a male-dominated profession like the military, women in leadership roles often masked their true selves to be what the culture expected them to be. The male-dominated environment on wall Street likely created the same pressures to conform.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | March 10, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shawshank's Leader

In Andy Dufresne of "Shawshank Redemption," we find a man who could have chosen to spend his life as an angry prisoner, yet actively decided to shape his surroundings rather than being shaped by them.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | February 17, 2009; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Today's Superstar, Tomorrow's Whipping Boy

We pay too much attention to image, and we still don't have search and hiring mechanisms that separate true leaders from celebrities.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | February 5, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reconnecting Lost Talent

Leaders need to encourage experienced but underperforming talent to "rejoin" the team. In some cases, all that is required is an invitation, or simply asking, " What do you think?"

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | January 29, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Survival Is Success

President Obama doesn't need to put men on the moon. Simply guiding us through the next decade while preventing the collapse our economic system would be success enough.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | January 21, 2009; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

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