Five_Marks_of_a_Great_Leader - Current Events Five Marks of...

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Current Events Five Marks of a Great Leader Paul Johnson, 05.09.05, 12:00 AM ET In both business and politics leadership matters more than does any other personal factor. A country with a first-class leader can punch above its weight class (look at Britain under Margaret Thatcher). Admiration for a company's chairman/ CEO is sure to be reflected in the share price. But what makes a real leader? How can we recognize one? Moral courage. This matters most. It is the willingness to stick to one's beliefs, to pursue a course of action in the face of overwhelming criticism, great adversity and, not least, the faintheartedness of friends and allies. This kind of courage is always in short supply--and never more so than today. President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have demonstrated it in standing by their Iraq policy, now seen to be a success but earlier marked by a long period of disheartening reversals. The late John Paul II also exhibited moral courage. He put the principles in which he believed at the center of his actions, defying criticism inside and outside his church. A single spasm of courage is not enough. It is that which is shown over the long haul that demands the most of a man or woman and ultimately brings the best results. That was the kind of obstinate, persistent, self-reinforcing courage shown by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and Winston Churchill during the lonely struggle against Hitler. It was notably lacking during the
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course BUSN 70 taught by Professor Williams,richard during the Fall '08 term at Santa Clara.

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