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On Good Leadership: Reflections on Leading Minds After 25 Years

By Howard Gardner Once I had begun to write about the varieties of human intelligence (Gardner, 1983/2011), people frequently asked me about the intelligences that leaders have—as well as the ones that leaders lack or do not need. As I pondered this question—which I’ll return to below—I formulated ideas about how leaders function, what makes […]

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Gardner Wins Education Research Award

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has honored Howard Gardner with the 2020 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. It is AERA’s premier honor, granted for outstanding achievement and success in education research. Howard Gardner writes: I am very honored — and also humbled — to receive this recognition from my colleagues in education. In turn, […]

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Taking advantage of college (before it’s too late…)

by Katie Abramowitz On the brink of my senior year of college—possibly in person, possibly online—I know I should be looking to the future and thinking about jobs or graduate school or whatever comes next. Instead, I have found myself preoccupied with a question I wish I had asked myself in earnest four years ago:  […]

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Drawing the Line: Dealing with Difficult Dilemmas

By Howard Gardner By definition, dilemmas are difficult situations where the optimal course of action is unclear. Recently, two dilemmas facing our society have emerged with considerable force. Not only do they call for resolution, they encourage us to reflect on how best to anticipate, think about, and resolve a range of difficult choices. Dilemma […]

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A Resurgence of Interest in Existential Intelligence: Why now?

by Howard Gardner Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon: an uptick in the number of inquiries I receive about “existential intelligence” (which I’ve abbreviated as Ex I). I have become intrigued by the reason for this phenomenon and how to respond to it. Let me explain. A dozen years after I introduced the theory […]

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