Civil War prof pens op-ed on presidential leadership

Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Gettysburg College, wrote an op-ed on what we can learn about leadership from the GOP presidential candidates and President Obama.

The article appeared in the Nov. 22 edition of The Christian Science Monitor.

From The Christian Science Monitor:

GOP candidates and Obama: Standards for presidential leadership

If what you are expecting to emerge from the welter of presidential wannabes now swimming across America's national screen is leadership, then you may be in for a winter of political discontent.

This is not because the country lacks candidates of talent, charm, or intelligence. Whatever we may think about the politics of a Newt Gingrich or a Mitt Romney or even a Barack Obama, these contenders would not be where they are without a tremendous fund of smarts and skill.

What America lacks, instead, is a workable standard of judging what singles out one individual from a pack of indisputably gifted pre-presidents and moves us to settle on the most qualified one.

The full article is available here.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2011

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