There are some glimmers of hope, however. As it did last year, U.S. News teamed with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government to identify leaders who are making a difference. A national panel sifted through thickets of recommendations and agreed on a small group of men and women who embody the most important traits of leadership. There may be a dearth of leadership in our national life, but as the portraits in this issue attest, there are still great leaders abroad in the land.
-David Gergen, cochair, "America's Best Leaders" project
By David Gergen