Ge's New Ceo Can Lead First And Light Up The Room Later

Lack of charisma won't be a serious obstacle for W. James McNerney Jr. in replacing CEO Jack Welch ("Running the house that Jack built," The Corporation, Oct. 2). I have three points to make: First, you need the charisma of a leader especially in times when a company is facing big changes, as General Electric Co. was in the 1980s. GE is now a well-run machine, and it seems to me that there won't be major shocks in the future.

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