Robert Gates

Episode 71: Feb. 14, 2017

A Passion for Leadership

One of the toughest leadership challenges is being at the helm of a big institution. Whether civic or private, bureaucracies often move at a snail's pace, and it takes a special leader with special qualities to drive change and improvement. Former Director of the CIA and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says large companies can be transformed, and explains how in his book "A Passion for Leadership." Dr. Gates joins us today to share his advice on successful leadership.

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Show Notes
  • What are the qualities of good leaders
  • How to elicit the best ideas from others
  • The proper method to encourage buy-in
  • Why a leader should maintain some emotional distance
  • The importance of being able to compromise and adjust plans
  • How to know when to step back
  • Why a good leader practices objective criticism
  • What is the central purpose of leadership
  • The distinction between leadership and management

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