Friday, January 19, 2007

The Crisis in American Leadership

Everywhere you look, in business or in government, you see our leaders failing. Jeff Skilling has a Harvard M.B.A., yet he brought down Enron. George W. Bush has a Harvard M.B.A. and he picked Michael Brown to head FEMA during the Katrina hurricane. Do you remember President Bush's famous quote, "Way to go, Brownie. You're doing a heck of a job."

Confucianism can help American learn again what leadership is all about. The Analects of Confucius talk about leadership. There is even more material about leadership in a book called "The Mencius" by a Confucian scholar named Mencius (or Mengzi)

Education is the key to good leadership, but Confucianism or a similar system of ethics is necessary to truly unleash the power of education.


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