President Obama, Father-in-Chief?

When President Obama leaves a meeting to attend one of his daughters' soccer games, is he setting a good example for his staff or taking advantage of his position? Are there two codes of conduct—one for leaders and one for underlings? Thomas D. Kuczmarski, who teaches leadership and innovation in the executive education programs at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, recently spoke with Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Patricia O'Connell about values, boundaries between the personal and professional, and top-down vs. bottom-up leadership. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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