What Gen. Petraeus learned from Rudy Giuliani
In the latest "On Leadership" video interview, Gen. David Petraeus tells The Post's David Ignatius what leadership lessons he's learned from Ulysses Grant, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.
"I remember when I was up in northern Iraq, somebody asked me, 'Do you see your role model as General MacArthur and the remaking of Japan?' I almost had to laugh out loud," Petraeus said during the interview. "I mean, he was such a regal, imperial figure in that role. Here we were just trying to reshape -- get northern Iraq back up on its feet and I said, 'You know, I...' I actually looked at Rudy Giuliani.
"This is the broken-window theory. Remember when he was the mayor of New York, he used to say don't let the broken window turn into the crack house. If you don't tend to these kinds of things when they first crop up, they get worse and worse and worse and all of a sudden you have a blighted neighborhood on your hands. In many respects that's what we're doing in northern Iraq."
Watch the video clip above or read a full transcript of the interview.
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