I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.
Well, I’ve ruffled a few feathers at all the institutions I’ve led. But I think that’s part of leadership.
We shouldn’t be debating whether to deal with the current code by allowing it to be extended or not. We should have a president who shows leadership and comes to Congress and says: ‘You know what? We need to reform this whole tax code.’
Germany must be a country which generates political ideas and leadership, which is capable of compromise, which is sovereign and yet knows that it needs its partners on both sides of the Atlantic.
As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president.