THE QUESTION

Personality and politics

D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty was solidly defeated in his quest for a second term, after a landslide victory four years ago. Many voters liked the changes in the city; they just didn't like Fenty. How important is personality in the quest for success? Are good ideas and an ability to get things done enough?

Posted by Success Editors on September 20, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Polluting your talent

People don't choose what's best; they choose what they are the most comfortable with. Consequently, how you present yourself and your ideas is more powerful than who you really are.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on September 20, 2010 12:40 AM

Personal appeal

Adrian Fentye keeps to a rigorous schedule, stays very fit, maintains focus on his goals, is able to multi-task and produce very effective results -- and many people dislike him for all of that.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on September 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Charisma

An empathetic leader can focus his or her vision, structure his energy, and motivate managers. But it's very difficult to transform leaders who only possess management expertise.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on September 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Feel my pain, please!

People want their feelings noticed and even justified. The leader who acknowledges and shares the feelings of those he leads has tapped into a powerful dynamic.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on September 20, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

bccjg: I travel the country teaching executives, sales teams, leaders and managers how to be their most likable. I always ask my trainees the sam...

TakeALookInTheMirror: The job is a tough and complicated one. I don't need the CEO of the city to kiss a$$ or have tea and cookies with me...I want him to get the...

amathur16: Leadership and Management are two separate issues. Some leaders do possess management ability others just hire managers. The Mayor of Washin...

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