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Leadership qualities of Golda Meir

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Throughout her years of service to the Israeli people and the nation of Israel after 1948 Golda Meir focused on the future of her country. One of her primary goals was to see her nation established as a legitimate nation and to see its security and sovereignty retained. In spite of overwhelming odds as the Arab nations around her attacked and sought Israel's destruction, Golda Meir refused to give in to the pressure to retaliate indiscriminately. Perhaps the best example of this was during the buildup to the Yom Kippur War. Her advisors and military strategists made it clear that the surrounding Arab nations were massing for an imminent invasion of Israel. In spite of the fact that Israel would have been justified in making a preemptive strike, Golda Meir refused to be seen as the aggressor in this dispute. She insisted on this position because she realized that without American support, Israel would not be able to retain its sovereignty. Her choice was vindicated when, after the Arab nations struck first, the United States announced its support of Israel and helped them with economic and military aid.

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1. The Nominating Committee wants you to RANK your leader (on a scale of 1 to 10) on the Key Leadership Characteristics listed below. In your Letter of Nomination:
Rank the characteristic that you think s/he displayed most often as #1 and #10 as the characteristic s/he displayed the least. Do not assign the same rank to more than one characteristic.
Provide a rationale based on the readings for your ranking of one or two sentences for each of the ten Key Leadership Characteristics.

Select two (2) characteristics and write one (1) paragraph about each characteristic and why it is important for the Leader of the Century Selection Committee to weigh in the overall selection process.

Forward-Looking

Throughout her years of service to the Israeli people and the nation of Israel after 1948 Golda Meir focused on the future of her country. One of her primary goals was to see her nation established as a legitimate nation and to see its security and sovereignty retained. In spite of overwhelming odds as the Arab nations around her attacked and sought Israel's destruction, Golda Meir refused to give in to the pressure to retaliate indiscriminately. Perhaps ...

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This is a discussion of the leadership qualities that made Golda Meir so effective. Nearly 700 words of original text along with links to informative websites.

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