Learning Leadership from Obama

By September 24, 2014 No Comments

obamaIs it weak to be tentative when making complex and potentially costly decisions? Or is the weakness in giving way to pressure and moving quickly? Obama has been slow to move to war; was Abbott right or wrong to commit so quickly?

Thomas Friedman (NYT) today describes the “tension at the heart of President Obama’s campaign to confront the Islamic State, and it explains a lot about why he has so much trouble articulating and implementing his strategy.”abbott

As a leader you’ll know the feeling, even with far simpler decisions like moving on an under-performing employee. An effective leader grapples with this daily. The wonderful thing about watching and learning from politics in the West these days is you can do it in real-time.

Note: to feel tentative is one thing; to display it is another.

Peter Wilkinson

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