EP 554 Crisis A Crucible for Leadership

As our nation careens from crisis to crisis and trust in institutions fades, Americans are looking for fresh, visionary leadership. As we have seen the courage and exemplary leadership of President Volodomyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine we know that his development as a leader has been revealed through the unimaginable experience of war. In his new book ‘Hearts Touched With Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made’, David Gergen, a key White House adviser to four presidents, of both parties, describes the elusive qualities that define a true leader, through historical example and scholarly research. As director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School, he draws on his vast experience in public life to bring definition to this indispensable trait. Consider his approach a philosophical, how to guide to bringing purpose and direction to human pursuits.