Shut Up and Sit Down
Why the Leadership Industry Rules
The New Yorker, 2021
To manifest their talent for leadership, leaders must navigate crises and despair.
Confronting a crisis tests the character of leaders by making them grapple with darkness and despair. Think of Abraham Lincoln facing the US Civil War or Franklin D. Roosevelt confronting the Depression. Yet, as Joshua Rothman reports in his New Yorker review of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers, author Elizabeth Samet finds that 21st-century crises are often so intricate and interconnected no leader could solve them. Even so, the public sees today’s problems as a leadership crisis. Amid current uncertainties, Rothman reports finding welcome perspective in Samet’s informative anthology.
About the Author
Joshua Rothman, who has been with The New Yorker since 2012, is the ideas editor of newyorker.com.
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