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|Meet Day||T/Th||10:15 AM - 11:30 AM||Littauer Bldg 280 (HKS)|
Do leaders make history or does history make leaders? This course will address this question by focusing on leaders and leadership in particularly trying historical circumstances. How did certain people arrive at leadership positions? What choices and decisions did they make in difficult situations? How do we evaluate their successes or failures? What makes them stand out (for better or worse) or recede from memory over time? What kinds of lessons can we learn from their careers? We will address these core questions through a critical examination of a series of (mostly) twentieth-century historical cases. Some leaders are considered unquestionable successes and others partial or even abject failures. In some cases, these were national or world leaders; in other cases, these were unsung or informal leaders. We will also look at social and cultural leaders, leadership within bureaucracies, group leadership, reluctant leadership, self-defeating leadership, non-heroic leadership, and dissenting or revolutionary leadership. Drawing on examples from the United States and around the world, the goal of the course is to permit you to become more self-conscious, historically-minded, and reflective in thinking about leadership, your own and that of others, in a variety of public and policy settings.