The Art of Leadership in Precarious Times

The great leadership gurus usually tell a story of virtue rising to the top. They advise us to think positive, treat everyone with respect, and follow our moral compass. But we don’t have to look far to see leaders who turn this wisdom on its head. Negativity, disrespect, and divisiveness seem to be the order of the day. Were the experts wrong? Is good leadership dead? Surely there must be a more realistic way to understand the whims of the masses—and make straight their path once more.

In this episode, we get a more realistic take on leadership from the contrarian guru Rob Asghar.

Mr. Asghar is a special advisor to the president of the University of Southern California, a University Fellow at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is the author, most recently, of the book USC: A Transformation, 2010-2015, and before that, he authored the book Leadership Is Hell: How to Manage Well and Escape with Your Soul.

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Anthony W. Orlando is an Assistant Lecturer at the USC Price School of Public Policy and a doctoral candidate working with the Bedrosian Center. He is an op-ed columnist for the Huffington Post. He received a Master's in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor's degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His latest book, "Letter to the One Percent," was published in November 2013.