THE QUESTION

A tiger and its stripes

Adrian Fenty was hugely successful when he ran for mayor of Washington, D.C., four years ago, winning every precinct in the city. But now, voters say he's arrogant and doesn't listen, and he's lagging in several polls in advance of September's primary. Now Fenty is admitting his failings, and apologizing to voters. Can tigers change their stripes? And would you want him or her to, if it means watering down the original, well-received agenda?

Posted by Success Editors on August 30, 2010 12:00 AM
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Faulty Fenty

The leadership lesson from Fenty's reign is obvious: Isolating yourself from the people and listening to advisers whose interests are not aligned with your vision can jeopardize your career.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on August 30, 2010 2:41 PM

Respected, not beloved

Someone who wants the word "beloved" to appear in stories next to his or her name should consider work as a pastor or preschool principal. Effective leaders are rarely beloved; what we must achieve is respect.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on August 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Balance is best

Adrian Fenty, Barack Obama, George W. Bush: All illustrate the point that our weaknesses are merely strengths overdone, misapplied or misunderstood.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on August 30, 2010 12:00 AM

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