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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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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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