What makes a good leader?

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The Buddha’s Last Instruction

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Reading

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"The Buddha's Last Instruction," from Oliver's 1990 collection House of Light, describes the Buddha's final moments and his imperative to his "frightened crowd" of followers: "Make of yourself a light." This poem…

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The Drum Major Instinct

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Reading

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In this famous sermon, delivered only two months before his death in 1968 and considered by some to be his eulogy, King explains that we all have in us "a…

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Waiting for the Barbarians

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Reading

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Cavafy's call-and-response poem considers the human phenomenon of unity in response to a threat. As America came together after the 9/11 tragedy, so does the Roman Empire in anticipation (and…