Are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Good Leaders?

Professor Gautam Mukunda explains what traits make a significant leader, and how the presidential candidates measure up.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, campaign in swing states in August 2012.
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What kind of leader would Mitt Romney be?

Business is profoundly different from politics. Mitt Romney is a gifted leader of a private equity firm, that's what we know about him. So we don't know. I think it is highly likely that he will be either really good or really bad. In general, really bad is more common than really good. I would say with confidence he'd have an impact. And it would be a big one.

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