If Romney had developed a greater ability to be authentic by confronting the patterns of denial and self-deception that automatically came with his aspirations, he likely would have been able to stand up to the politics of fear -- and elected president.
Skills and competencies are two very different things, and it is the astute corporation that recognizes this and thinks deeply about it.
Like a lot of what characterizes great corporate leaders, the key thing is to listen and observe, to learn techniques, and then to think about how to do this for yourself. This is not like rote learning. It is about internalizing, adapting and then practicing.