Published 11/05/12

The leadership qualities of a president

On the eve of the Nov. 6 U.S. election, College of Business faculty members Michael A. Roberto, D.B.A., and James Segovis, Ph.D., discuss some of the qualities that enabled several American presidents to lead during times of crisis and change.

In this podcast (11:31) Roberto and Segovis talk about successful leaders who understood the power of cultivating small wins as a mechanism for getting divided parties to work together. Such skills helped Gen. Dwight Eisenhower (prior to his election) plan and carry out D-Day, enabled Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill to resolve a Social Security crisis in 1983, and helped Lyndon Johnson and others enact civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

The professors presented a similar discussion during "Public Leadership: The Art of the Possible," a conference sponsored by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership.