Leadership matters. Adolf Hitler’s accession to the chancellorship of Germany on Monday, 30 January 1933 is a stark, tragic reminder why.
He assumed office following partisan parliamentary maneuvering intended to clarify governance in the aftermath of inconclusive electoral results.
His rise to power was made possible by an improbable confluence of contingencies.
One thing is clear: spectacular failures of leadership, symbolized by the ill-fated Weimar Republic, threw the doors open for the Nazi regime.
Hitler promised a reset, built on the foundation of his twisted “leadership principle.”
Where can we find them?
The premise–stated or unstated–is that there’s a leadership gap today.
Who can argue against the spectacular failures of leadership in large institutions? They range from the White House and Congress (whether in the hands of the Democrats or Republicans); to Wall Street and back around to Main Street; in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors (including religious institutions); around the world.
It’s easy–perhaps too easy–to find reason for disappointment. And yet… there is also reason for optimism.
It’s often said that these are among the worst of times for leadership… it’s also, arguably, the best of times.
This list is updated quarterly. Please send your suggestions of other inspiring 21st century leaders.
2019 marks the centenary of the death of Theodore Roosevelt. It’s a fitting time to take stock of TR and his legacy amid the challenges of a new century.
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