Moments ago the Breaking News appeared in my inbox: Susan Rice has withdrawn her candidacy to be President Obama’s next Secretary of State. It goes without saying that the position is not only the pinnacle of a diplomat’s career it is the opportunity to bring about great change on a global scale. I have never … Continue reading A Missed Leadership Opportunity
The current brouhaha over the impending Fiscal Cliff is yet another example of a national culture that waits for crisis before taking action. The irony in this current example is that our political leaders actually created the cliff to force themselves to address this complex economic issue. In other words, because they couldn’t work together … Continue reading Why Do We Wait for A Crisis?
A week after the 2012 election that dominated media attention for the past several months, life seems to have returned to normal. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are ensnared in the Fiscal Cliff morass, losing candidates are looking around for someone to blame and once again Washington is mired in a sex scandal. Perhaps … Continue reading Leader In Chief
The confetti has fallen, the balloons have been released and the adoring crowds are gone. The moment that every candidate hopes to face is here—victory. Yet, this the point at which successful candidates must pivot from election year warrior to genteel statesman or woman. The challenge for so many elected officials is that they rarely … Continue reading You’ve Won, But Are You Willing To Lead?
Two decades ago a record number of women were elected to our nation’s highest legislative offices. In 1992, California became the first state to send two women Senators to Washington; they were joined by two other newcomers to triple the number of women serving in the Senate to a whopping six! Those yearning for a … Continue reading Turning the Year of the Woman Into Parity
This article was originally published at AlterNet Capitulate: to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms; to give up resistance. When it comes to surrender, just the thought of it is chilling to a political leader on the campaign trail. Campaigns are the closest thing to war most operatives and candidates will ever experience … Continue reading The Politics of Capitulation
Determining the outcome of an election is no more difficult than accessing which candidate is most comfortable in his or her own skin. Even with this knowledge, it is a spectacle each election as we witness the mind-blowing lengths candidates go through to make us believe they are something they are not. Bad advisers and … Continue reading Confident Enough to Win
Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall. ― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls If each of us, most particularly our political leaders, were to treat words as eggs, perhaps we wouldn’t feel as if we are enduring … Continue reading Why Words Matter
This is the phrase that stands out in the latest Facebook post sent to me by an Egyptian woman whom I came to know when I was in Cairo earlier this year. I was there speaking to members of the various political parties on leadership at The American University in Cairo. In the room sat … Continue reading Violence Leads Nowhere
It is no surprise that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney once again has found himself in hot water over comments he made at a fundraiser. As discussed in previous articles (http://kathleenschafer.com/blog/romneys-inauthenticity-doom-defeat-november/) Romney’s propensity to “misstate” his positions comes less from jumbled words and more from a value system that isn’t always in sync with the … Continue reading Is 47 Percent Good Enough?