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An extraordinary exception to the French media's typical languor

Question: Given the nature of the allegations and his past history, could Dominique Strauss-Kahn recover the credibility necessary to lead the IMF, or run for president of France, even if he were found innocent of last weekend’s sexual assault charges?

Strauss-Kahn's personal credibility has never been an issue but in this case — an extraordinary exception to the French media's typical languor about the louche antics of their public figures. His forced resignation may even occur before this response is printed. His experience as former leader of the IMF may come in handy to raise money for court expenses.

This piece is part of a discussion with our On Leadership panel of experts about the IMF’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and whether his credibility is recoverable.

Click here to see our full discussion page, or dive straight into another expert’s perspective by following one of the links below:

Michael Maccoby: Servants not seducers

Michael Useem: Character shattered is career ending

John Baldoni: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and the price of hubris

Warren Bennis: An extraordinary exception to the French media's typical languor

Marshall Goldsmith: DSK should never be an elected leader in France

Slade Gorton: Rehabilitation is nearly impossible for Strauss-Kahn

Warren Bennis  | May 13, 2011 11:45 AM

 
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