Eyewitness to Power

Served as white house advisor to 4 presidents – Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. Teaches a course at Harvard on Leadership.

He shared stories and interesting snippets from the four presidents and their great leadership qualities. Some good quotes from his interview with Bill Hybels…

  • “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
  • “Not every reader is a leader. But every leader is a reader."
  • “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Gandhi)
  • ”If you lack a moral compass as a person, it will not matter how much you know, you will lose as a leader.”
  • "One of the greatest dangers in leadership come from ego. You become reckless and think the rules don’t apply to you"

Bill Hybels asked him what he looks for when he goes to church…Gergen replied 3 things…

  1. Inner peace
  2. To learn something
  3. An anchor that keeps him from hubris and gives him perspective