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Cory Booker, Superman: Political leadership and credibility November 22, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Cory Booker has made quite the reputation in politics. The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Booker was hailed in the media in April 2012 for rushing into a burning home to save someone inside. Firemen called him a hero for risking his life, against the wishes of his staff. More recently, after Hurricane Sandy devastated his city in early November, Booker invited neighbors who lost their power to hang out at his house, charge their phones, and eat a free meal together with other neighbors.

Booker further contributed to his legendary reputation in mid-November, when he challenged one of his critics on Twitter to live on food stamps. Booker originally posted a quotation about the dangers of wealth disparity, and after sparring with a doubter he issued the challenge to gain insight into the life of those in poverty.

For more on Booker’s latest stunt, watch the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What are the elements of good credibility?

2.  How has Booker created an image of credible leadership? What might other leaders be able to learn from his example?



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