The role of leaders is never more crucial than during times of war.
The ability to inspire confidence and communicate resolution is
essential to the national interest. The requirements of leadership
are not limited to military affairs: citizens look to leaders to
guide the economy, protect the laws and safeguard national values.
Leadership has never been simple, but it is even more complicated
in the age of mass democracy: globalization, the power of the media
and the constraints of bureaucracy are among the many challenges
facing leaders at the beginning of the 21st century. What do
leaders need to know in order to be effective? Carnes Lord - an
eminent political scientist who has held a number of high-level
positions in the United States government - here offers witty and
trenchant counsel to both leaders and the citizens who elect them.
Exploring such issues as leadership in war and crises, diplomacy,
the use of secret intelligence, the role of political advisors and
the media, Lord enumerates the major challenges confronting modern
leaders and offers practical advice on how leaders can deal with
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