Bradenton Herald: Giuliani leads by principle
After the two terrorist-flown airplanes struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani became known internationally for his effective leadership.
Giuliani was in town Tuesday to talk about that leadership as part of the Town Hall 2007 lecture series presented by the Ringling School Library Association.
He used his book, “Leadership,” which he called a guide to becoming a more effective leader, as the basis for the talk.
Before speaking to the packed house of about 1,600 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, he was asked how he would rate the leadership qualities of President Bush.
“I’m a big supporter of the president,” Giuliani said. “He has the quality of setting goals and sticking to them.”
He said Bush made the biggest decision of his presidency after the attacks, “to go on the offensive against terrorism,” and said going to Iraq was part of that strategy.
“Whether you agree with being in Iraq or not,” said Giuliani, a potential Republican candidate for president, “we’re there now and a precipitous withdrawal would be a terrible victory for terrorism.”
After the State of the Union address by President Bush, the Mayor was on Fox News commenting on the speech:
Rudy Giuliani: “It did what the president had to do, which was to get us kind of beyond Iraq, meaning there are a lot of other things we have to concentrate on. There are a lot of things that are very important to us, including Iraq, and the president spoke mostly about those things.”
On WH ’08: “I’m afraid that 2012 election may start before this one is over. These things are really happening very quickly. You just have to adjust to it, and deal with it. And I’ll make a decision, you know, as quickly as I can about whether it is the right thing to do. But we’re exploring it, we’re putting together people, we’re getting a great deal of support.”
On HRC: “She has the kind of lead on the Democratic side that really no one on the Republican side has. I mean, we’re sort of pretty close together, particularly John McCain and I” (FNC, 1/23).
While in Florida, Hizzoner criticized the United Nations and their failure to act:
Former New York City mayor and potential presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani began an hour-and-a-half-long speech in Sarasota on Tuesday by poking fun at the organization founded to help maintain international law.
He had taken to calling New York “the capital of the world” as he worked his constituency. This, he said, generated letters from other mayors around the country wondering who awarded New York that title. One of them asked if the United Nations had passed a resolution bestowing the honor on the Big Apple.
“This is before we knew the United Nations can’t pass resolutions,” Giuliani told the audience.
During his hour long Florida speech, Giuliani outlined his six principles of becoming a good leader.
“We learn how to be leaders,” he said, explaining how lessons learned during his life helped him run New York City, especially dealing with the personal experience of having prostate cancer.
“You try to relate how to run a business, government or organization with how to deal with a crisis in life,” he said, engaging the audience as he walked around the large stage and emphasized his points with hand gestures.
The first of his principles of good leadership was to have a set of beliefs.
“Too many politicians make decisions based on opinion polls,” said the popular politician. “They do that to reflect what you think.”
He said that was the opposite of leadership. “That’s not a leader,” he said. “That’s an actor.”
The six principles Rudy Giuliani said are necessary to make a good leader:
â€¢ You have to have a set of beliefs.
â€¢ You have to be an optimist.
â€¢ You have to have courage.
â€¢ You have to take risks, but prepare for them.
â€¢ You have to develop teamwork.
â€¢ You have to communicate.
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