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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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Rewarding Congressional Incompetence with Continuous Reelection Coups
By | 09/06/2010 11:40AM | PROBLEMS

Despite Devastating Disapproval and an Utter Lack of Confidence, Our Congressional Leaders Have a Virtual Lockdown on Reelection


It is inconceivable that Americans could so devastatingly disapprove of the job of our elected representatives, while simultaneously reelecting them to office in overwhelming numbers. Reelection rates for the U.S. House of Representatives between 1964 and 2008 average a whopping 93%.1 And within the last 14 years, the chances that an incumbent in the House would get reelected was never lower than 94% and has been as high as 98%. Yet, a 2010 poll by Gallup shows […]

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"We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect
the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections."
-John Adams

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