Leadership and the Bully Pulpit

Leadership and the Bully Pulpit

According to Wikipedia “A bully pulpit is a public office of sufficiently high rank that provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter. The bully pulpit can bring issues to the fore that were not initially in debate, due to the office's stature and publicity.” The term was coined by President Teddy Roosevelt who frequently used the word “bully” to mean “superb” or “wonderful” and who recognized the power of his position in advancing causes or promoting ideas such as the creation of a National Park System. While hospitality leaders from General Managers to front line supervisors do hot hold public office, the concept of a “bully pulpit” for leaders is just as real and can be just as effective in swaying the minds of employees. This is particularly so when the leader is respected by her employees.

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