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The Second Debate: Bully Leadership and the Trump Bravado

And that may be the biggest problem of the bully leader. He has to keep center stage in order to keep power. He has to silence real discussion to control any opposition. And he has to mask himself in forcefulness to prevent being unmasked as a person with weaknesses he’s hiding with all his might. For all its noise, it’s a weak kind of leadership, perhaps growing out of a woundedness that becomes a practice of wounding others as a form of self-protection and external control.

Boot up Your Leader-Radar: Three Tips to Help You Watch Tonight’s Clinton-Trump Debate

There has been a lot of noise in the news about how the candidates are preparing for their debate tonight. We’ve been asked to pay attention to issues about the moderator, alerted to Trump’s disdain for fact-checking, cautioned about Clinton’s costume, and the buzz is nothing if not confusing. Things have been made especially difficult […]

Gay Marriage, For and Against: Leaders in Crisis

The gay marriage debate is heating up with the Supreme Court considerations, and leaders are stepping up, battening the hatches and treading water in an effort to understand this transformational moment. Whatever the result of the deliberations, we’re witnessing a major challenge to politicians and activists reacting to the public discussion. (If you want to […]

Fighting Fear with Facts: Change Management is Never Easy!

We’re scared lately — of global warming, of terrorism, of changes in health care, of potential tax hikes in the face of the looming budget deadline. Many leaders are fighting our public anxiety with facts, and it’s ironic and a little frustrating how ineffective facts are in the face of fear. Repeating verifiable facts hasn’t […]

Leading with Lies: Romney Marketing Debate Misstatements as Positive Policy

The key misstatements Romney is turning into campaign criticisms: Today, Glen Kessler of the Washington Post, tracks campaign ads that reproduced Romney’s debate misstatements. He writes: “When readers ask whether we get annoyed that politicians often ignore fact-checking criticism, our answer is always the same: We write for voters, not politicians. Politicians are not going […]

Leadership and Fear: The Main Difference Between Obama and Romney

Fear is the way the warrior gets us to follow him. Romney proved that in tonightʻs debate. Repeating that Iran is closer to having a nuclear bomb, that the world looks at America as weak, that we need a strong leader. Repeating that, even in the face of Obamaʻs evidence that the US has been […]

Binders full of women: Romney’s leadership blinders where women are concerned…

Mitt’s Binders and the Missing Women Amy Davidson’s New Yorker blog says it best: “For Mitt Romney, in the second Presidential debate, women always seemed to be elsewhere. This was not the only reason that he lost the debate—and a chance to put the election away—but it was one of them.” If you look at […]