Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times, says that a president needs three attributes:
• Humility—the understanding of your limitations
• Empathy—the ability to understand other people—people from other races, backgrounds and classes
• Resilience—character developed through a past history of failure and success
“People don’t change fundamentally,” Goodwin said. “Everyone is broken by life, but some people are stronger after they are broken.”
She spoke at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas earlier this year.