Community & Government

Developing a Framework for Leadership

Bill Clinton

Lesson time 09:18 min

To lead anyone from one place to another, one must first understand where they’re starting from. Learn how developing a framework can help you make sense of the world.

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Topics include: President Clinton's Framework · When in Doubt, Look to Your Framework · Creating Your Own Framework


[MUSIC PLAYING] - The reason I believe it's important to have a framework for how you view the world or-- let's say you're in business-- how you view the work you're in. If you know what your mission is, then you have to decide how you're gonna achieve it. And you can't do it unless you know where you are. And then how you explain it to people. If you're trying to lead a group through a minefield, you don't wanna pretend that it's just a playground out there. You have to say it. There's a minefield there. We have to be very careful. But if we get through the minefield, here is what will be gained by you and for your kids and for our future. Before you do all that, you've gotta be able to set the stage in ways that people can identify with and understand, most of all, that you can identify with and understand. For me, almost all the events of the last 25 or 30 years have reflected the growing interdependence of people. You might say, well, how can you say that? Look at Brexit. Look at the ethnic nationalism in the United States. Look at it in Europe. How can you say we're interdependent? Because what we do still affects each other across national lines. And borders look more like nets and walls. Climate change is a classic interdependent issue. All these things reverberate around each other. And I think that if I'm right, that is, if this is the age of greatest interdependence, then we have to ask ourselves, what are its strengths, what are its weaknesses, and how am I going to view new developments and try to trigger new developments? So it seems to me that the age of interdependence has brought a lot of benefits. It has brought the benefits of vast new discoveries and the opportunity to build new platforms through which people together can accomplish amazing things. But also every one of these things-- this is the issue-- has a flip side. So the assets, the capacity for discovery, for creating new entrepreneurial opportunities, the strength of our diversity has a flip side. And we see that manifest all the time, people afraid of diversity, afraid of difference. So the good news is this is a great new age of possibility that crosses national borders. The bad news is it's still unequal, unsustainable. And it's inequality and incredibly unstable because of the problems that are out there. So if you have a framework which says basically what is the fundamental nature of the 21st century world, that will give you a lens, if you will, through what you can filter each new day's developments and from which you can construct a strategy for how you're gonna proceed in the future. A framework is nothing more than a simple architecture that will enable you to explain and act on all the things that are happening in the world that are otherwise hard to organize. So for me, the framework is this is a highly interesting interdependent world that has both good and bad elements. So the question is, how can you get the benefits...

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Commander in chief from 1993 to 2001, Bill Clinton has spent a lifetime navigating complex challenges and bridging deep divides. Now the 42nd president of the United States teaches you how to be an effective, empathetic leader. Learn how to assemble, inspire, and empower diverse teams, mediate conflict, manage criticism—and create a personal framework to guide you and your team toward a shared vision.

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Drawing from his career in politics, President Bill Clinton teaches you how to inspire diverse teams, manage criticism, and mediate conflict.

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