Leadership isn't solely about outcomes -- plenty of great leaders (Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Vince Lombardi, Michael Jordan), suffered losses. Leadership is setting the right course. And the president is actually leading.
The Obama Administration could provide a national focus for all these efforts with a signature program to close the achievement gap, not displacing the contributions of community and business but facilitating and focusing them. Why not?
I don't know how many more chances I will get to live in a country that is managed by a leader of emulation-worthy intelligence and dignity. But I would at least like another four years of admiring the most powerful person in the world, and that is why I am voting for Barack Obama.
Maraniss's book traces Obama's childhood, teenage years and his twenties with meticulous detail and exceptional insight. He interviewed hundreds of people who knew Obama at this early stage of his life.
True, Caesar came to a bad end. He grew too fond of power and too trusting of his friends, and he paid with his life on the Ides of March. Yet Caesar offers leadership lessons in both war and politics. Even an accomplished politician like President Obama could benefit from the following tips.
Respect for others, tolerance of difference, civility and comity, dialogue and deliberativeness are valued and effective leadership strengths, regardless of what the more bellicose among us may think. This is why Barack Obama is most fit to lead us.
It's not that the GOP enjoys criticizing this president. It's more like breathing -- you don't "enjoy" it, it's just something you find yourself doing over and over again. It's something that keeps you alive.
Mrs. Obama, it seems as if everyone who cares about your husband is talking at him. It doesn't seem as if he hears any of us, but everything we know about your relationship suggests that he does listen to you.
A true leader sees the responsibility of leadership as asking hard questions and forcing people out of their comfort zone. We need to see clearly as citizens that going through significant discomfort will be the only path to the change we deserve.
The America that owned my boyhood pride -- for all its failings -- seemed a far larger place than I find myself living in today. We are, I fear, living in a country the size of a gated, restricted country club.
The president once again illustrated three interrelated hallmarks of his presidency: his ability to endorse nearly every side of an issue, his inability to articulate any core principles that inform his decisions and his allergy to leadership.