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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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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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