The Leadership Playbook: Insights from Great Leaders


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Wendy R. Sherman
Lawrence S. Bacow
David M. Rubenstein
Douglas Elmendorf
Center for Public Leadership

No two leaders are the same. But through conversation with some of the world’s greatest CEOs and game changers, David M. Rubenstein has found commonalities among the motivations and challenges that shape the careers of leaders who thrive—how do they handle decision-making, risk, innovation, and crisis? Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow has helmed institutions of higher learning for almost two decades. Drawing on principles and stories from Rubenstein’s new book, How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers, the two will share stories of leaders they have admired throughout the courses of their own careers, and why.

Moderated by Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, the conversation will also look at leadership across the fields of business, education, and government. What are metrics for success? Do different sectors demand different skills? With decades of experience leading organizations and managing change, the group will share personal successes, failures, and leadership observations from the field.

Lawrence S. Bacow: President, Harvard University
David M. Rubenstein: Co-founder and Co-executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group

Moderated by: 
Amb. Wendy R. Sherman: Director, Center for Public Leadership and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Douglas Elmendorf: Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

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