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Learning the Leadership Lessons of the Past: In History Lies the Secrets
By | 07/26/2011 11:58AM | LEADERSHIP LESSONS, SOLUTIONS

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 […]

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"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 […]

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

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Seven Leadership Lessons from the Historical Legends of Political Leadership
By | 05/16/2011 11:16AM | SOLUTIONS

What are the Key Leadership Qualities and Strategies that Distinguish the Legends of Leadership from Most Politicians in Washington Today?


During the dark years of Apartheid, Robert Kennedy gave a speech in South Africa at the University of Cape Town in which he called on the courage and duty of his listeners. “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself,” but we can all, he said, “move the world.” For those with the faith and wisdom to find Archimedes fulcrum, and the strength and courage to pick up his lever; the great leaders of history have left a number of blueprints and signposts for future generations to follow.

Emerging from a careful study of a number of the great leaders of history; the following are seven strategies or factors which made it possible for these leaders to become representative figures of their times and, thus, better positioned to lead society into the future.

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"Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman
can do against the enormous array of the world's ills—
against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence.
Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action,
have flowed from the work of a single man.”
-Robert F. Kennedy

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The Leader as Historical Marker: Seven Strategies of Leaders Who Symbolized their Times & Shaped Our Futures
By | 04/29/2011 11:31PM | BACKGROUND

How Does Leadership Evolve to Reflect the Advancements of Society and What Can Leaders Do to Better Navigate this Progression?


The Leader as the Essence of the Age

On a bitter cold January afternoon, with Capitol Hill covered in snow, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. With a recognition of the gravity of the occasion, Kennedy began his inaugural address: “We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change.” Beginning to build a shared bond with Americans, he continues “…Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage…” And with the passing of this historical moment, the young Senator from Massachusetts became the new symbol of American leadership.

Scholars today consider Kennedy’s inaugural address […]

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"Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water.
Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can
withstand it, because they have no way to change it.
So the flexible overcome the adamant,
the yielding overcome the forceful."
-Lao Tzu

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The Great Leadership Gap & the Need for a New Paradigm of Power
By | 04/18/2011 11:00AM | PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS

The Utter, Sweeping Failure in Our Leadership Requires a Collective Shift in How We Think about Political Power and Corporate Governance


Peering beneath the surface of the many diverse political issues and the seemingly innumerable ills of unbridled corporate power reveals a few key—and much more fundamental—threats at the throat of American democracy. One key threat is the basic lack of effective leadership. At this point, it is hopelessly naïve to expect […]

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“When the subject has refused allegiance,
and the officer has resigned his office,
then the revolution is accomplished.”
-Henry David Thoreau

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Their Finest Leader: Three Key Takeaways from the Unthinkable Undoing of the British Bulldog
By | 04/11/2011 12:00PM | SOLUTIONS

Why was Winston Churchill wiped out of office and what lessons can leaders learn from his fall?


This was the moment for which Churchill was born. As with many great leaders (and more than a few powerful dictators), Churchill believed from very early on that he was destined for a great calling—in his own words: “There has to be […]

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“Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their
minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw

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Charting the Course: Six Secrets from Wartime Leaders for Successfully Navigating the Currents of Change
By | 04/04/2011 12:00PM | SOLUTIONS

What Tips Can Leaders Take Away from the Heroes of War to Deal More Effectively with a Change in Context?


After Dwight Eisenhower was elected President, Harry Truman invited him to the White House to see the executive offices and meet some of the cabinet and staff. The following morning, photographers printed a chance picture in the paper that showed the President-elect with a confused look on his face as he listened to President Truman.1 Afterward, Truman said to an aide that he thought Eisenhower would have a hard time […]

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“The secret of mastering change in today's world is to reach back
to old and proven principles, and to adapt them with imagination
and intelligence to the new realities of a new age.”
-U.S. President Richard M. Nixon
State of the Union Address, January 20, 1972

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