Member Exclusive: Secretary Robert Gates on Leadership

The Honorable Robert M. Gates, Former US Secretary of Defense

Secretary Robert Gates on Leadership by The Chicago Council

Our security, freedoms, and everyday life are deeply impacted by institutions. Yet Americans feel that many of our vital institutions fall short on standards of competence, efficiency, or fiscal prudence. How can we bring about meaningful change? What does leadership mean? These issues are particularly relevant in light of the upcoming presidential election. Having led change successfully at colossal organizations such as the CIA and the Department of Defense, Secretary Gates offers us the ultimate insider’s look at how major organizations can be transformed. In this special members-only program, Secretary Gates will provide a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can affect real improvement.

His latest book, A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service, will be available for purchase and signing from the Book Cellar following the program.


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5:00 p.m.            
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.            
Presentation and discussion

7:15 p.m.            
Adjournment and book signing