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A meeting of President Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet. Internet Book Archive/Flickr

3 crisis-leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln

When fighting a lethal foe on home soil, Lincoln expertly managed leading politicians; related well with the people; and dealt clearly with the military.
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How the coronavirus pandemic is (finally) resulting in leadership for the greater good

A new survey reveals that public trust in the federal government's ability to provide good, effective leadership has skyrocketed since the coronavirus crisis began.
Essential workers expose themselves to the coronavirus every day. zoranm/Getty Images

Lead with empathy during the COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is a stressful time for everyone. Here are some ways employers can help their employees through this crisis.
In 2015, Canadians across the country organized in support of Syrian refugees arriving in the country; these rallies were planned online. (Mike Gifford/flickr)

Leading an online social movement requires offline work

Online social movements are not leaderless. On the contrary, leadership duties are often assumed by identifiable individuals committed to doing leadership work.
You can’t threaten or humiliate a virus. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

When confronting the coronavirus, tough isn’t enough

The 'tough guy' is a cultural archetype that political leaders have long adopted. But during crises, Americans tend to look for a different kind of hero.
Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, taking part at a video conference in extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit at the Chigi Palace in Rome. EPA/A handout photo from the Chigi Palace Press Office

All world leaders face mega COVID-19 crises: how Ramaphosa is stacking up

Already, we have seen a range of responses globally - from countries that apparently reacted too late, to those who acted relatively early.
A scene from a 1911 staging of the ancient Greek classic ‘Oedipus Rex.’ Imagno/Getty Images

Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

Greek epics remind audiences that leaders need to be able to plan for the future based on what has happened in the past. They need to understand cause and effect.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a primary election night rally. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Why the US still hasn’t had a woman president

Since 2000, 89 new women have come to power in countries around the world – but the US still lags behind.
African National Congress top six leaders. The governing party’s wishes are sometimes out of kilter with the dictates of statecraft. AFP-GettyImages/Mujahid Safodien

What it will take to build a capable state in South Africa

South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.

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