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Profiles in Leadership

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ClassGraphic Leadership, an invisible, intangible, unmeasurable quality, can make all the difference between success and failure in politics, and between victory and defeat in war. In this study group, we will discuss the works of two authors who provide perspectives on leadership in peace and war. In On Leadership (Penguin, 2022), Henry Kissinger considers the accomplishments of six statesmen whose political and diplomatic careers displayed very different kinds of leadership: Konrad Adenauer, Charles de Gaulle, Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Lee Kuan Yew, and Margaret Thatcher. We will explore each of their unique personalities and how they mastered hard political and diplomatic challenges through highly personalized strategies. Kissinger’s careful analysis of these leaders is informed by his close personal familiarity with them. In Supreme Command (The Free Press, 2002), Eliot A. Cohen looks at the wartime leadership of Abraham Lincoln, George Clemenceau, Winston Churchill, David Ben-Gurion and other statesmen who have been called upon to lead their nations in war. We will ask ourselves the questions: When is war too important for the generals, and when do politicians become meddlesome and dangerous interlopers? Join us for a study of leadership at the highest levels.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Susan Longo2.James Smith 



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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2023 - 6/12/2023 Weekly - Mon 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map James Smith  ; Susan Longo 
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