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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.

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

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The Political Leader as Master of History: Identifying Key Principles and Leadership Lessons Learned
By | 01/03/2012 3:30AM | SOLUTIONS

5 Ways Leaders Benefit from Identifying Enduring Principles and Key Lessons Learned (Part 1 of 3)


Once the British defeated Napoleon in 1814 they immediately fortified their forces in the fight against the U.S. in the Second War of American Independence. America was unprepared. And with an unpopular war and an undisciplined and ill-equipped militia, the outcome was uncertain. What aided America’s prosecution of the war, up to this point, was Britain’s main engagement in Europe—the Napoleonic Wars. “After Napoleon’s exile,” however, “the trickle of troops to the New World turned into a torrent.”1

The U.S. soon endured a degrading defeat in a hot summer battle that…

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"The lesson of history is that to the degree people
and civilizations have operated in harmony with
correct principles, they have prospered."
–Stephen R. Covey

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Learning Leadership Lessons from Herbert Hoover’s Ideological Trap
By | 11/02/2011 10:35AM | BACKGROUND, LEADERSHIP LESSONS, SOLUTIONS

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
By | 08/08/2011 3:40PM | LEADERSHIP LESSONS, SOLUTIONS

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…

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"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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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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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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