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Restoring Trust in Leadership

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2018

Douglas Elmendorf

Douglas Elmendorf is Dean and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

Nitin Nohria is Dean at Harvard Business School.

Recent polling confirms what street protests and online activism in recent years have already been indicating: the public’s trust in government and private institutions is dismally low. To change that, political, business, and civil-society leaders need to demonstrate honest, principled leadership that puts the public interest first.

DAVOS – As is often the case, informal conversations at the World Economic Forum’s just-completed annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, inevitably alluded to the Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual poll of public confidence in business, media, government, and nongovernmental organizations. After all, Davos participants are leaders in these fields, and the results of the most recent poll are chastening.

In 2017, 71% of respondents globally considered government officials not credible or only somewhat credible, and 63% of respondents had the same dismal view of CEOs. This should not come as a surprise. Across dozens of countries, people have been airing their grievances against the status quo through social media, protests, consumer choice, and the ballot box. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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Strong Economic Leadership Can Stem Europe’s Populist Tide

Posted by hkarner - 9. Januar 2018

Date: 08-01-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Simon Nixon
The EU rode out the populist shocks of 2017. What about 2018?

In Italy, Luigi Di Maio is the premier nominee for the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement.

The European Union survived the great populist rebellion of 2017, but few believe the threat from antiestablishment euroskeptic parties has gone away.

Populist parties didn’t win any elections last year, but they made significant gains: The far-right Freedom Party is now the largest opposition party in the Netherlands; the far-right Alternative for Germany party likewise will be Germany’s largest opposition party if Chancellor Angela Merkel succeeds in forming another grand coalition from her Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats; in Austria, the far-right Freedom Party is the junior coalition partner in the new government. Meanwhile the Polish and Hungarian governments continue to pursue populist domestic agendas Brussels believes threaten the rule of law.

True, the prospects for a major populist breakthrough in 2018 look slim. The major elections this year are in Italy, Hungary and Sweden. In Hungary, no change is expected. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has a substantial lead over the far-right Nationalist Jobbik party. In Sweden, support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats party has slumped to 14.5% from a peak of over 20% in 2015 at the height of the refugee crisis, according to a major poll published in December. The main focus is therefore on Italy, where the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement leads the polls and the euroskeptic Lega is also gaining support. But under the current electoral law, most analysts expect an inconclusive outcome that will require the formation of a broad coalition. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Global Leadership Vacuum

Posted by hkarner - 20. September 2017

Javier Solana was EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain. He is currently President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe.

Will Angela Merkel’s Germany ensure that great-power cooperation does not deteriorate beyond the point of no return in the Trump era? The answer to that question will likely determine if the international order has any order to speak of in the years ahead.

MADRID – Germany and China are chief among the countries whose economic policies have drawn US President Donald Trump’s ire. While the United States has the largest current-account deficit in the world, Germany and China are running the largest surpluses, and that irritates Trump and his advisers to no end. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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What Makes a Great Leader?

Posted by hkarner - 10. August 2017


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How to Be a Misleader

Posted by hkarner - 15. Februar 2017


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Authentic Leadership

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2017


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The Pitfalls of Strongman Populism

Posted by hkarner - 7. Januar 2017


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Will Europe Let Germany Lead?

Posted by hkarner - 28. Dezember 2016


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Why does Bill Gates want you to read The Myth of the Strong Leader?

Posted by hkarner - 8. Dezember 2016

The Guardian ,

Gates CCThe Microsoft billionaire’s annual reading list includes a 2014 study by British political scholar Archie Brown – a choice, he says, that was inspired by the US election

In The Myth of the Strong Leader, the renowned British political scholar Archie Brown throws a dozen world leaders of the past century into a bag, shakes them up, and watches the nice guys rise to the top. Brown debunks the idea that the most successful leaders are those who dominate and mould their nations around themselves, as far as their political systems allow. “A more collegial style of leadership is too often characterised as a weakness,” he writes.

Gates says on his blog that this year’s US election prompted him to pick up the book, which was published in 2014. Brown, emeritus professor of politics at Oxford University, “could not have predicted how resonant his book would become in 2016”, he adds. However, in a separate review on his website, Gates studiously avoids the T-word. He comes closest, perhaps, when he says that the ostensibly appealing qualities of “strong” leaders “can be boiled down to a belief [that he or she] is the only one who knows what the country needs, and the only one who can deliver it”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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Europe’s Leadership Crisis

Posted by hkarner - 23. September 2016

Photo of Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, is President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

SEP 22, 2016, Project Syndicate

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s list of crises keeps growing. But, beyond the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote to leave the bloc, Poland’s constitutional-court imbroglio, Russian expansionism, migrants and refugees, and resurgent nationalism, the greatest threat to the EU comes from within: a crisis of political leadership is paralyzing its institutions.

As if to prove the point, EU member states’ leaders (with the exception of UK Prime Minister Theresa May) met recently in Bratislava, Slovakia, in an attempt to demonstrate solidarity, and to kick-start the post-Brexit reform process. The attendees made some progress toward creating a European Defense Union, which should be welcomed, and toward admitting that the EU’s current organizational framework is unsustainable; but there was scant talk of meaningful institutional or economic reform.

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s refusal, at the close of the summit, to appear onstage with French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all but confirmed fears that rudderless leadership is fueling institutional dysfunction. A summit that was supposed to be a display of unity revealed only further division. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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