Is Obama or Romney a Better Leader?

John Ryan offers some important insights on “reading” good leadership in Fortune’s Blog. He writes:

Here are five crucial leadership skills for the most powerful CEO of all — the U.S. President

With the U.S. presidential election fast approaching, we will hear a lot from pundits and partisans over the next few months, not to mention President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney themselves, about how one candidate’s leadership skills are superior to his opponent’s.

You can take their word for it — or you can decide for yourself. And if you’re interested in making up your own mind about which candidate is the better leader, please read on.

Here are five crucial leadership skills for the most powerful CEO of all — the U.S. President. As you watch the conventions and debates this fall and follow press coverage of the election, give some serious thought to how the candidates score in each of these areas:

1. Self Awareness

2. Vision

3. Building a Team

4. Learning from Mistakes

5. Working the System

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Ryan, President and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), offers a useful measurement for anyone trying to read the candidates, their records or their promises.

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