Our American Discourse, Ep. 5: The Art of Leadership in Precarious Times

The great leadership gurus usually tell a story of virtue rising to the top. They advise us to think positive, treat everyone with respect, and follow our moral compass. But we don’t have to look far to see leaders who turn this wisdom on its head. Negativity, disrespect, and divisiveness seem to be the order of the day. Were the experts wrong? Is good leadership dead? Surely there must be a more realistic way to understand the whims of the masses — and make straight their path once more. 

In this episode, we get a more realistic take on leadership from the contrarian guru Rob Asghar.

Mr. Asghar is a special advisor to the president of the University of Southern California, a University Fellow at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is the author, most recently, of the book USC: A Transformation, 2010-2015, and before that, he authored the book Leadership Is Hell: How to Manage Well and Escape with Your Soul.

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“Our American Discourse” is produced by Aubrey HicksJonathan Schwartz, and myself, and mixed by Corey Hedden.

Not Another “Graveyard of Empires” Article

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, but I have been traveling and enjoying the company of friends before I leave for London. Among those travels was a brief stay in Fort Lauderdale, where I obtained a new job at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a daily newspaper with a long, stellar history. I am proud and grateful to have been given the opportunity to write an op-ed column for them approximately once every two weeks, as well as occasional blogging. Don’t worry, though, I will post links to all such columns and posts on this site.

My first blog post is live here. I will always try to give you a bit more detail on this site about the issues I discuss at the Sun-Sentinel. Some interesting findings in the paper I discussed in this first post:   Continue reading “Not Another “Graveyard of Empires” Article”