Leadership and Emotion

To what degree should leaders either show or overtly use emotion as part of their leadership? This very point is being debated widely (and emotionally!) in the media today over President Obama’s personal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. One side pleads for an emotional front face on the crisis, the other side arguing that in crises rationality solves problems and this is all a non-issue or one more drumbeat by the media. This video clip illustrates the intensity of the question by showing the concentration of the media with the question. Politics aside, what do you think?  Should leaders use emotion in their leadership? Are there historical examples of the use of emotion with rationality in leadership? Biblical examples?

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