Empowering Reform Is the Key to Robert Gates’ Leadership Approach

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting, Nashville, Tenn., May 23, 2014 (AP photo by Mark Zaleski).
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting, Nashville, Tenn., May 23, 2014 (AP photo by Mark Zaleski).

Robert Gates’ new book on leadership has powerful lessons for how American institutions, both public and private, are inspired and managed. At a time when U.S. citizens despair of ever fixing the country’s political system, he conveys some hope that positive change in political and bureaucratic behavior is possible. And beyond the U.S., Gates’ approach to leadership could also be applied to how Washington engages with democratizing countries struggling to build new social contracts between their leaders and citizens. Gates’ third book since leaving public office, “A Passion for Leadership,” draws from his 50 years of public service under eight […]

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