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A new narrative for Egypt

President Mubarak is a symbol of Egypt's old, repressive government--one that the people want to do away with entirely. His narrative of autocratic and unquestioned rule has been found wanting by the people and...

By Rice University Undergraduate Leaders | February 2, 2011; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

A national symbol of oppression

In pursuit of security and stability in the Middle East, the U.S. has traditionally turned a blind eye to autocratic rule as long as it did not...

By Robert Goodwin | February 2, 2011; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Egypt needs a new leader

No way can a leader lousy for 30 years become someone poised for greatness in the future...

By Ken Adelman | February 1, 2011; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Managing anger and fear

Somehow it's become accepted to publicly manifest one's anxiety, especially through anger. This is not to say that we won't face significant challenges in the years that lie ahead, but giving way to fear is the first self-indulgent step toward giving up...

By West Point Cadets | January 12, 2011; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

What's your piece of the mess?

Hyperbolic politicians and the media and gun laws may or may not have contributed, Best as I can tell, we are already into heavy demonizing of "the other" in the aftermath of the tragedy...

By Marty Linsky | January 11, 2011; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Our role in this tragedy

Our pattern seems to be a brief awakening during a crisis, at which time we are startled and sickened by the horror of what happened, but then we soon return to a semi-conscious state that serves to distance us from...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 11, 2011; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

May this be a wake-up call

Leaders set a tone. When leaders in public life speak about their opponents in hateful, over-the-top vitriol, it makes people more fearful of those they disagree with and what they are doing to our country. When "lock and load" and "second amendment remedies" are part of the discourse, it sets a tone that...

By Paul Schmitz | January 11, 2011; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (9)

We need more Joseph Welch moments

Some of the louder voices in our society these days seem to believe that extremely bitter criticism of the government equates with the deepest patriotism. That's not necessarily the case...

By Yash Gupta | January 11, 2011; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sandbox rules for politicians

Thus far, this system of communication has worked on some level because we're tuning in; we're supporting networks, radio stations and publications that broadcast this rubbish; and on some level, the American public is buying in...

By Alaina Love | January 11, 2011; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

It's hard to be hopeful

I am still waiting for a talk show host or politician of any political persuasion to say, "I think my rhetoric has been excessive and...

By Howard Gardner | January 11, 2011; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (3)

Respect the rights of those who serve us

Judged by what passes for political discourse--with partisans on both sides hurling invectives--it would be tempting to blame extreme partisanship for the tragedy. That would...

By John Baldoni | January 11, 2011; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

The dramatic decline in civility

The time has come for all elected officials and candidates for public office to pledge to refrain from personal attacks and gross distortions of facts for partisan political...

By David Walker | January 11, 2011; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

The peacemakers: Daniel Ellsberg and Veterans for Peace

For those of us who in this holiday season hope for peace on Earth, let us renew our commitment to work for a peaceful world. And if we believe that war is not the answer in 2011, let's join those who are standing up for peace. After all, Daniel Ellsberg has been...

By Juana Bordas | December 22, 2010; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (53)

When what you do outweighs who you are

A cloud of allegations hovers over this year's Heisman recipient, and a shadow has been cast on his character and on the integrity of those who chose him. In his case, fact and fiction are somewhat muddled; but what is clear is...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | December 16, 2010; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Offer redemption, then show the door

Spending time with my five grand kids always reminds me that children are great mimics. Spending a few minutes with the daily newspaper reminds me that adults are too--and often with far less charming results...

By John R. Ryan | December 15, 2010; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Integrity is essential

Today, more than ever, leaders are expected to set the standard. To be role models and...

By Susan Peters | December 14, 2010; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Recruiting character and talent

When Joe Gibbs was building the Washington Redskins into Superbowl champions, his stated criteria for drafting players was...

By Michael Maccoby | December 14, 2010; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

One strike and you're out

No exceptions, no matter how high your station, no matter how important you are to the organization. When you violate the fundamental rules of the institutional culture...

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | December 14, 2010; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Addicted to self-destruction

Tiger's struggle to recover from his fall from grace presents lessons not only for leaders but also for anyone who has strayed from the path of integrity.

By Michael Maccoby | April 7, 2010; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

A matter of trust

"That's something the best leaders do - show humility and appreciation for the fact that success is a collaborative thing."

By Yash Gupta | April 6, 2010; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Heeding the call of oversized egos

Tiger seems to be on the road to recovery. The pope and Michael Steele, however, have a long way to go.

By Columbia University students | April 6, 2010; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Easier said than done

Besides being factual, thus appealing to the head, a leader in crisis should connect emotionally, appealing to the heart.

By Ken Adelman | April 6, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Public displays of character

The difference between Tiger Woods and Michael Steele is that Tiger is taking a serious look at himself and reflecting on how far astray he has gone from his core values and beliefs.

By West Point Cadets | April 6, 2010; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

Feeding the ravenous beast

Ducking and weaving and blaming and ignoring rarely works in the short term and never works in the long term.

By Donald Kettl | April 6, 2010; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spiritual truths of leadership

Every leader must have a solid core--a sense of what defines them and tethers them when they encounter great difficulty or great temptation.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | April 6, 2010; 06:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pope Benedict, take note

Imagine if Pope Benedict had used the occasion of Easter to express appreciation for his community's devotion to his Church, while acknowledging the decades of pain that poorly supervised pedophile priests have caused thousands of children.

By Amy Fraher | April 6, 2010; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

Survival of the sorriest

Tiger nailed the conference because he let his honest, repentant, and reflective self shine through.

By Coro Fellows | April 6, 2010; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (11)

'The most dreaded knowledge'

A leader who avoids accountability is no leader; he or she is simply a person with a title but no moral authority.

By John Baldoni | April 6, 2010; 05:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

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