The Exercise of Leadership

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”–Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II

Who are the exemplary leaders of the past and present?  What do the youth leaders of the 1960s have in common as agents of change with military commanders, athletic coaches or Fortune 500 CEOs?  The struggles of notable politicians and community activists in the face of conflict suggest how to act effectively when confronted with complex and ethically challenging situations.  Those interested in a range of professions–law, business, politics, human rights, sports, environmental issues, health/medicine, journalism, global issues—will find this knowledge valuable.

Students in Wagner College’s First Year Program have researched leaders that inspired them, even as they worked actively in the local community to promote environmental justice and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  These posts by our students are meant to inspire future leaders.