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Trust: The One Thing that Makes or Breaks a Leader

Recorded on September 23, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Our culture's legacy of leadership is in trouble, and the crisis is not one of competence but of character. The evidence is all around us. From the ashes of Enron, Adelphia, and WorldCom, there can be little doubt that the leadership that dominates corporate America is failing and extending to our other modern institutions as well - political, religious, family, and media. Les Csorba, a recruiter with a premier executive search firm, argues that "leadership is character in motion." He draws from more than twenty years of leadership experience serving a United States Senator, a Governor, two U.S. Presidents as well as several CEOs and national religious leaders. In looking at the leadership style of today's more well-known leaders, he unveils "7 Principles of Trust" and explores the nature of leadership as a distinctly moral calling. 

 

For the last fifteen years, Csorba has recruited leaders in both the private and public sectors. He is a Board Member of Yellowstone Academy, an inner-city private school. He has appeared on national television and radio programs, and his columns have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal's "National Employment Weekly."