Hudson Heroes, Potomac Pundits, and Leadership in America

Academic Leader

On January 15, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger demonstrated leadership in its most powerful form. He did something unbelievably difficult and he performed absolutely flawlessly. Following a bird strike to his Airbus passenger jet, he checked in with the LaGuardia tower and requested options. Then, he did what he had to do in that perilous situation. He utilized the training he had received, applied his personal experience and wisdom base, and saved the lives of 156 people. He calmly landed the jet safely in the river. He acted directly and decisively. There is something very meaningful in the actions of Captain Sullenberger and his crew beyond that day's obvious and poignant heroic achievement.

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