Issues & Observations
Douglas T. Hall, Kelly M. Hannum, and John F. McCarthy
The leadership experience of the candidates was one of the key issues during the campaigns leading up to the November 2008 presidential election in the United States. The media and public discourse not only highlighted the importance of experience but also made it clear that experience can mean different things to different people.
There are a lot of assumptions behind the word experience. Saying merely that a candidate is experienced does not provide a lot of actual information about what that candidate can do or why his or her abilities are relevant to the position sought.
The good news is that a great deal of leadership ...