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Post Leadership: February, 2012

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/02/2012

In Planned Parenthood decision, Komen makes leadership blunders

They had to have known the decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood would be a controversial one.

By Jena McGregor  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Facebook IPO means new challenges for Mark Zuckerberg with users

As Facebook stands set to file for its historic initial public offering, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will confront a host of tricky challenges with customers.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:20 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  facebook ipo

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Rick Santorum’s daughter: Can a political leader put family first yet stay in the race?

Leaders struggle with personal versus professional conflicts all the time, though rarely ones as stark this.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:53 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  santorum daughter, bella santorum

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Facebook IPO could bring new leadership challenges for CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg’s most monumental leadership challenge is on the horizon. Is he up to it?

By Jena McGregor  |  11:35 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  facebook

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/27/2012

At Joe Paterno memorial service, Phil Knight shows true leadership

In bringing up the elephant in the room, Phil Knight offered not only condolences but real leadership.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  joe paterno, penn state, joe paterno memorial service

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Newt Gingrich and the word ‘grandiose’

I’m starting to think that he misunderstands the most common use of the word.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gop, gop race

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/25/2012

President Obama’s leadership grade for his State of the Union speech

How well did Obama come off as a leader in his State of the Union speech? Here’s the grade I’d give.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union boycott misses the mark

When Barack Obama gives his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, at least one congressman will be missing.

By Jena McGregor  |  04:43 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Why Mitt Romney would release his tax returns right before the State of the Union

This is Public Relations 101, people. Trying to delay potentially “bad” news usually hurts leaders.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:12 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Does Newt Gingrich’s S.C. win show we’re looking for a mean leader?

Of all the qualities people look for in their leaders, here’s one you don’t hear very often: Mean.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:21 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Why Rick Perry would drop out of the GOP race right now

Most candidates keep up the façade of running a campaign so they can step aside at the moment that least damages their reputation—and ego.

By Jena McGregor  |  04:19 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/19/2012

In cruise ship sinking, leadership failures from captain to Carnival CEO

The Costa Concordia disaster highlights poor leadership of more than just the ship’s captain.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Jim Caldwell fired: Why Colts owner Jim Irsay was right to move on

A coach who can’t win without his star on the field isn’t much of a team leader.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:56 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Where Mitt Romney’s tax rate will actually cut him

Voters don’t mind success, even runaway success, in their leaders. But out-of-touch comments?

By Jena McGregor  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/17/2012

The SC GOP debate — and the fault within ourselves

While it may be leaders’ jobs to rise above the fray, it’s also voters’ jobs as followers to help them do that.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 01/16/2012

What ‘The Iron Lady’ gets right about leadership

The legacy of a leader of Thatcher’s status is formed not just by her decisions, but by the person behind them.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:11 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Jon Hunstman exits race: The trouble of letting go

It’s hard for any leader to get his team to speak candidly with him at the same time they’re charged with shoring up his confidence — especially so in a political campaign.

By Jena McGregor  |  08:51 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Mitt Romney, Bain and the blurred line between private equity and political leaders

Few roads to riches are more expedient than the one that passes through the private equity business, and many politicians know that.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Apple mini-stores in Target: Is Tim Cook hitting the bullseye or missing the mark?

Retail-giant Target is partnering with Apple to test 25 so-called ‘stores within a store’. And CEO Tim Cook should have one concern.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/10/2012

William Daley, Jack Lew and Obama’s leadership blunder with the White House chief of staff

Daley’s departure as chief of staff calls into question Obama’s judgment about one of the key posts for his administration.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Michele Bachmann leaves GOP race, and leaves the debate to all male voices

What effect will the lack of the voice of a female or minority candidate have on the tenor and substance of the GOP race?

By Jena McGregor  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/04/2012

How Rick Santorum can ride Iowa’s momentum

A sudden inflow of cash and coverage can make things either a little bit easier — or much harder.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Newt Gingrich’s detour from the high road

The high road is pretty hard to stay on, especially when it’s unrealistic in the first place — and sets you up for a failure no one else will face.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Leadership quotes to inspire you in the new year

Words from some of today’s leaders to help inspire us in the year ahead.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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