A leader finds his footing in crisis

10/16/2008 | Harvard Business Review online

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was headed for a reputation as a bumbler, a man who spent years waiting in the wings for his turn leading the country, only to freeze up in the spotlight. The global banking disaster, though, has allowed him to define his leadership. "From a beleaguered and slightly comic figure, he has emerged as a dynamic leader, now depicted as a modern-day Atlas holding up the world," writes executive coach Gail Corkindale.

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