Mind the Gap: Harnessing Soft Skills on the Road to Success – Are Experienced Presidents More Effective? – by Mick Collins

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Beginning in 1948, U.S. historians have sought to rank order the performance of individual presidents. Despite a wealth of qualitative research into presidential achievements, criteria are highly subjective for assessing comparative performance. In spite of this, periodic studies are remarkably consistent in their rankings, with the three presidents commonly rated as most effective being Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and George Washington.

Rather than evaluating performance after the fact, HR professionals might instead ask “can we predict the likelihood that a candidate might be a successful president?” As we do thousands of times a day with candidates going through a

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