Leadership, “Reputation Matters,” Forbes, September 24, 2019

Conventional wisdom used to say that in a jam, a leader had to make a decision, any decision, and then stick to it. Waffling, indecisiveness, or changing one’s mind was considered to be weakness. True strength came in just deciding something, anything, and standing by it right or wrong.

No more.

Nancy Pelosi has just demonstrated the courage it takes to change one’s mind – with the whole world watching. After months of vigorously resisting her own party’s calls to start impeachment proceedings against the President, she abruptly changed course, and announced she was commencing impeachment proceedings immediately. Based on new evidence showing the President had asked a foreign power to do something that was in his own partisan interest, she flip-flopped; she waffled; she changed course. […read more]