20-something Searches For Answers From Former Leaders

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What makes a great leader? Brian Till wanted to find out, especially after hearing a speech at West Point by William Deresiewicz about leadership. Deresiewicz, a former Yale professor, said Americans have become complacent and "for too long America has been training leaders who only know how to keep the routine going."

Till then interviewed many former leaders, from Bill Clinton to Mikhail Gorbachev. Former Prime Minister Paul Keating of Australia told Till great leaders need to set aside time for themselves. He also said that great leadership is like a streak through the crowd: if you move fast enough and with enough confidence, the crowd will part, but watch out if you slow down. Till's book is "Conversations with Power." He is also a correspondent for The Atlantic.

This segment aired on May 31, 2011.


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