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Speech Fluff, Our Constitutional Moment and Faceless Leadership

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Below are three of the articles I read this weekend.

Just the Facts, by Peggy Noonan. She makes a similar point to Edward Tufte’s about eliminating presentation fluff; she emphasizes removing fluff from speeches, at least in certain moments.

Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Interview with Seth Lipsky. Lipsky says the burgeoning role of government has people questioning the proper role of government in their lives.

The Cult of the Faceless Boss, which laments the demise of the flamboyant, visionary business leader. The article also raises other, implicit, questions:

  • Must business leaders exhibit these traits to be successful?
  • Or, is Jim Collins, who argues against these types of leadership traits in Good to Great and Built to Last, correct?
  • Do visionary and flamboyant leadership traits always go together? Must they?
  • Can different leadership styles be equally effective?
  • Do different situations – cultures, companies, organizational ethos – demand different leadership styles?
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Written by Russell S.

November 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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