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Mitt Romney and the 7 Characteristics of Charismatic Leadership
By | 10/07/2012 7:27PM | LEADERSHIP LESSONS

Can a Charisma Deficit Reveal Underlying Weaknesses in Leadership?

Mitt Romney’s charisma deficit will be his ultimate undoing. But it’s not as simple or superficial as some people think. Ultimately, charismatic leadership is a relationship with followers. And it’s a relationship that reveals volumes about who the leaders are and what they represent.


"Charisma is the result of effective leadership,
not the other way around."
-Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

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7 Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln: Learning from the Leadership Wisdom of the Great Emancipator
By | 02/11/2012 3:13PM | LEADERSHIP LESSONS

What leadership lessons can we learn from one of the great legends of leadership, a man who was born nearly 200 years ago?

Since his assassination in 1865, Abraham Lincoln has grown to mythical proportions. Lincoln has been memorialized throughout the years and across the land. After Lincoln, we have named everything from theatres and museums to schools and colleges; from streets, airports and parks to counties, cities and towns; from statues and monuments to the penny and the five-dollar-bill; from Mount Rushmore to the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln is repeatedly remembered as one of America’s greatest leaders and he is always remembered as a hero among American presidents. Rather than receding into the pages of the past; Lincoln’s example as a leader continues to stand strong. But what is it that makes the leadership of Lincoln relevant to leader’s today? […]


“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
-Abraham Lincoln

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Learning Leadership Lessons from Herbert Hoover’s Ideological Trap

What Factors Led to President Hoover’s Failure as a Visionary and a Leader?

What leadership lessons can we learn from Herbert Hoover’s flaws as president?

Herbert Hoover is widely considered to be a below average president, if not a failure. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the subsequent economic crisis happened on his watch. Moreover, he was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in both the Harding and Coolidge administrations, a role in which he worked hard to promote partnerships between business and government, but ended up creating […]

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Learning Leadership Lessons from History: Recognizing Repeating Patterns and Recurring Themes

Five Ways Leaders Benefit from Understanding the Rhythms of History

In an effort to overcome the challenges of predicting the weather, meteorologists have identified a number of weather patterns, meteorological principles and processes, and various other recurring phases and cycles which, taken together, make weather forecasting an indispensible part of protecting life and property. Similarly, though studies in the social sciences repeatedly reveal the predictability of human behavior; like the weather, human history rarely repeats itself exactly. Yet, as with weather forecasts, there are repeating patterns and recurring themes which allow the steadfast student of history to make wiser and more informed choices. As Mark Twain observed…


"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past;
for human events ever resemble those of preceding times.
This arises from the fact that they are produced by men
who ever have been, and ever shall be,
animated by the same passions,
and thus they necessarily have
the same results.
—Niccolò Machiavelli

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Learning the Leadership Lessons of the Past: In History Lies the Secrets

Looking Backward to See Forward

Former presidential speechwriter James C. Humes, tells of the time he met Winston Churchill. The meeting had a lasting impact on the young American exchange student at Stowe, who later said […]


"Study history, study history.
In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."
—Sir Winston S. Churchill

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The Political Leader as Master of History: Three Key Strategies for Learning the Leadership Lessons of the Past
By | 07/18/2011 11:21AM | LEADERSHIP LESSONS

Alexander the Great: Learning Leadership Lessons from the Heroes of History

Classical historians record that Alexander the Great was enthralled with Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. Alexander was particularly captivated by the central […]


"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name
and the inheritance of a great example."
—Benjamin Disraeli

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