President as Change Agent: Breakers vs. Builders
by Michael A. Genovese
While Joe Biden has recently enjoyed policy successes that point toward a revival of the Democrats' political fortunes, his brand of change is handicapped by a lack of excitement. Will Americans ultimately choose a "disruptor" over an incrementalist?
SOURCE: The Bulwark
How George Washington Didn’t Lead
Historians Lindsay Chervinsky, Noemie Emery, David Head and Craig Bruce Smith offer reflections in a virtual forum on the first president's leadership.
Lincoln and the Lesson of Leading From Behind
by Michael J. Gerhardt
Joe Biden's inaugural address signals his willingness to follow Abraham Lincoln in "leading from behind" by listening and lifting the voices of others.
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
Meeting Gorbachev, Fleeing Imelda
by Astrid S. Tuminez
The contrasting political fortunes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Imelda Marcos offer a warning that public-spirited leadership is not always rewarded as much as naked personal ambition.
SOURCE: LA Progressive
Two Studies in Folly a Century Apart
by Walter G. Moss
The example of General Douglas Haig, whose disastrous decisions in World War I caused needless death, should be a cautionary example to our "war president" in battling the Coronavirus.
“The Last Dance” is the ‘Presidential Historian’ of Documentaries
by Jason Steinhauer
Viewers have embraced the ESPN Documentary "The Last Dance" as an escape and the best sports "fix" around. But its framing of leadership reflects a serious issue: the limits of how American media presents history.
Trump Talks Like President Roosevelt But Acts Like President Hoover
by Robert Brent Toplin
The war against COVID-19 requires bold leadership from Washington.
America Needs a Moral Leader in 2020
by Donald J. Fraser
And we can look to Abraham Lincoln as an example.
Why and How Donald Trump Flunks the Presidential Leadership Test
by Walter G. Moss
By just about every conceivable measure, he deserves an “F.”
Review of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership: In Turbulent Times”
by Sheldon M. Stern
A 21st century version of a 19th century “improvement” book – a tonic for our troubled times.
8/5/18 (date accessed)
Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book?
It's "Leadership: In Turbulent Times" (Simon & Schuster). It will be published in mid-September.
Why Did MacArthur Become a Hero? In a Crisis We Are Desperate for Leaders.
by Walt Borneman
And he was the only available leader around in 1942.
What's Missing from Obama's Presidency
by Kenneth Weisbrode
If Obama the president is supposed to embody a "stable pluralism," how can he inspire the rest of us to transcend it?
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Joseph Nye: Do Presidents Really Steer Foreign Policy?
Joseph S. Nye Jr. is a University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard. This article and the accompanying sidebar are adapted from his upcoming book, Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era.The 21st century began with an extraordinary imbalance in world power. The United States was the only country able to project military force globally; it represented more than a quarter of the world economy, and had the world’s leading soft-power resources in its universities and entertainment industry. America’s primacy appeared well established.Americans seemed to like this situation. In the 2012 presidential campaign, both major-party candidates insisted that American power was not in decline, and vowed that they would maintain American primacy. But how much are such promises within the ability of presidents to keep? Was presidential leadership ever essential to the establishment of American primacy, or was that primacy an accident of history that would have occurred regardless of who occupied the Oval Office?
In Defense of Transactional Presidents
by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Five presidents: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter. Taken in 1991.Many people assume that leaders with transformational objectives and an inspirational style are better or more ethical than leaders with more modest objectives and a transactional style. We tend to think of Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan as more impressive than Dwight Eisenhower or George H. W. Bush. Leadership theorists often dismiss transactional leaders as mere “managers.” But that is a mistake.
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