5 Leadership Lessons Learned From the 2012 Debates

By Mark Micheli

October 22, 2012

A continuation of where we left off with Leadership Don'ts from Presidential Debates.

Tonight, the curtain falls on weeks of high-stakes political theater. This evening’s third and final debate will center on foreign policy, an issue that has received scant attention during an election cycle centered on the economy. Depending on who you ask, the final showdown is a tipping point…or an unceremonious end. After two contentious meet ups, the potential for a game change seems lower as competition for viewers is higher (Monday Night Football and game seven of the NLCS are both pulling for eyeballs tonight).

As the race enters its final phase, what have we learned from these debates? Beginning with President Obama’s widely panned Denver debate performance that ceded momentum (and the polling lead) to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the debates have proven more important this election cycle than perhaps any other since 1960. As we move into the home stretch of an election that is far closer than seemed possible just a few weeks ago, it’s worth reflecting on what the debates have shown us about leadership, appearances and our politics.

What's your take on the 2012 debates?

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By Mark Micheli

October 22, 2012

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