From the Dept. of What Were They Thinking
You support your claim that the meaning of the slogan “from the river to the sea” is ambiguous and contested with a link to a NYT opinion piece that makes the same statement without providing any evidence.
The fact that people shouting it may not know what it means doesn’t make its meaning ambiguous. What counts is what the people to whom it is addressed hear. Btw, the slogan was created in the 60s but the PLO - hardly a proponent of a friendly co-existence.
Your last three leadership lessons - know your own mind, speak from the heart, and leadership is performance - are dead right, and were clearly not understood by these university presidents. I was reminded of Tony Hayward, the hapless BP CEO at the time of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He famously and solipsistically said he 'wanted his life back' while crews struggled to contain the oilspill. But in a later interview he also said that he'd have done better under the public scrutiny if his degree had been in drama rather than geophysics; thereby demonstrating his complete failure to understand what his job was about.