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Presidential Leadership

The Global Search For Education: The Millennial Bloggers - What Next After Brexit And The US Election?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.20.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The U.K. citizens' surprising approval of the Brexit referendum last June and the even more surprising U.S. election of Donald Trump as president on N...

Presidential Competency: What Should We Look For?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

Note to Readers: During the six years of this blog, I have never stated a preference for any candidate for office. My focus instead has been on how ...

Politician for College President? Consider This.

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.10.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Some politicians make good college presidents, at least on paper. As Rick Seltzer reported in Inside Higher Education last week, the best of them poss...

Walker, Uninformed -- and Unperturbed

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Scott Walker doesn't know. And he doesn't care....

Obama's Lost Opportunity, and Ours

Sheila D. Collins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Sheila D. Collins

Barack Obama forfeited one great opportunity--not only for his own legacy, but for our futures. In the interview with Tom Friedman he seemed resigned to waiting for a series of catastrophic disasters to wake up the American people and their politicians.

What it Will Take to Tackle the Climate Crisis

Sheila D. Collins | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Sheila D. Collins

The latest report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms what is manifest to all but those blinded by ideology and short-term profits, but can it galvanize a response commensurate with the challenge?

FDR's Lessons for the Global Fight Against Polio

Ziad Haider | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Ziad Haider

FDR provides a powerful reference point to measure the dramatically reduced reach of polio today. During his lifetime, the disease coursed far and wide including through the White House. Today it is endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

State of the Union, Family-Style!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A president talking to a stubborn Congress? Or something even closer to home?...

Power, Leadership, and Strategy: 8 Books to Consider

Ali Wyne | Posted 02.22.2014 | Home
Ali Wyne

For those who're interested in how strategic thinking and theory have evolved, Freedman's account will likely be the definitive one for some time to come.

An Open Letter to Recently Appointed HBCU Presidents

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Without students, the university would not exist and there would be no need for a president. The internalization of this recognition will keep you humbled and focused on doing your job to the best of your ability. Am I suggesting that you should do everything students ask of you? Absolutely not!

What Makes a President a Great Leader

Tom Fox | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Michael Siegel is the author of The President as Leader, an analysis of the leadership skills of five recent American presidents.

Now the Democrats Must Lead

David Bromwich | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

The largest hope of 2012 surely rests not with the president, but with those senators of political skill and passion who have been elected or reelected. They may give the party a backbone it has missed in recent years.

Draw a Line. Don't Cross It.

Gary Hart | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

Whether consciously or not, in deciding on a president we are really trying to decide who will protect our trust, the public trust, by standing on principle when the chips are down.

FDR, Pearl Harbor and Presidential Leadership

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Home
Steven M. Gillon

What is notable about Roosevelt's actions that day is not just that he was right, but that he had the strength and conviction to stand firm in the face of the united opposition of his secretaries of war, state, and navy.

Lucas Kavner

Chris Matthews Plays Loveball With His Presidential Obsession | Lucas Kavner | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

Chris Matthews -- current host of MSNBC's "Hardball" -- was a 15-year-old working as a paperboy for the Philadelphia Bulletin when he found his politi...

Game Over: Republicans Find Default Acceptable

Miles Jaffe | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Miles Jaffe

It is clear that Republicans will abandon even there own policies to oppose the president. hey prefer economic weakening, increased unemployment and national gridlock.

Post-Thanksgiving Reflections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Many of us who complain that Obama has not done this or that seem to have forgotten the guiding principles affecting fundamental political, economic and social change.

Obama: Averse to Leadership and a Pretty Bad Politician on Top of That

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

It's time for the verdict. Obama ran a great campaign, but he is no leader, and he's an abominable politician.

A Fight for our Future

Miles Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Miles Jaffe

There is almost a universal consensus: the nation's political system has ground to a halt. We are paralyzed (Rich, NYT, January 31). We are "stuck."...

The First 100 Days -- How Obama Scores on the Nine Qualities of Leadership

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

If his first 100 days are an indication of how Barack will perform against these nine measures of leadership, he is poised to be a transformational president.