Good leaders lead by example.
The image (Sunday Jun. 26, p A8) of Donald Rumsfeld sitting inside the secure shell of a heavily armored Rhino Runner while the troops he leads travel in unarmored Humvees says a lot about what is wrong with our prosecution of the Iraq war.
Good leaders share the risks undertaken by their subordinates. Good leaders accept responsibility when things go wrong. Good leaders ensure that their subordinates have the resources needed to get the job done. Good leaders clarify what needs to be done to achieve the goal.
The top echelon of the Bush administration have failed in each of these aspect of leadership.