Recorded on November 8, 2022.
As our country continues to struggle with the pandemic, deeply divided politics, and a turbulent economy, we are also struggling to find cohesive leadership at all levels of society and government. Despite this, David Gergen, the former White House adviser to four presidents, believes there is reason to remain hopeful. He believes that we have only to look at the journeys of past leaders for reason to believe that the future will be better.
Listen to our conversation with David Gergen, senior political analyst, as he shares his perspective on the 202 midterm elections and reveals lessons from some of history’s most dynamic leaders as stated in his latest book, Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders are Made. As the founder of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership Gergen has been immersed in the art of leadership for the past two decades. In this session, Gergen will reveal what he has uncovered on how to be an effective leader by drawing on vivid examples from history, recent headlines plus his personal experience advising Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.
During this period of transition, as the torch of leadership passes from Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation to Millennials and Gen Z, Gergen believes it is essential to be mindful of the fundamental matters of leadership, including why great leaders are essential and what indispensable traits they need to possess. As he connects lessons of the past with the evolving practice of present-day leadership, Gergen will reveal the secrets of dynamic leadership for the leaders of today and tomorrow.