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How Ike Led

Monday Night Philosophy focuses on the elements of strategic, principled leadership. In How Ike Led, Susan Eisenhower analyzes how her grandfather, President Dwight Eisenhower, led America through a transformational time. Few people have made major decisions as momentous or varied as Eisenhower did. From D-Day to Little Rock, from the Korean War to Cold War crises, from the Red Scare to the Missile Gap controversies, Eisenhower relied on a core set of principles to give our country eight years of peace and prosperity. These were informed by his heritage and upbringing as well as his strong character and personal discipline. But he also avoided making himself the center of things. He was a man of judgment and a steadying force. He sought national unity by pursuing a course he called the “middle way" that tried to make winners on both sides of any issue and was a strategic leader who relied on a rigorous pursuit of the facts for decision making. His talent for envisioning a whole, especially in the context of the long game, and his ability to see causes and various consequences, explain his successes both as Allied commander and as president. And after making a decision, he made himself accountable for it, recognizing that personal responsibility is the bedrock of sound principles, a principle that is sorely missed whenever leaders lack it. 

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

Mon, Jun 15 / 6:00 pm

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Susan Eisenhower
Policy Strategist; Security Expert; Author, How Ike Led

5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program
7 p.m book signing