Laggardship is a neologism coined by Hon. David M. Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, and founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative.


Laggardship is the opposite of leadership. It is a failure to act preemptively, without adequate foresight and due diligence, essentially waiting for a crisis to occur, and then acting on a reactive basis.[1] The term is often used in reference to our current broken political system, especially in Washington. The concept has been referenced in editorials[2], consulting blogs,[3] and in a recent article in Healthcare Finance News.[4]


An sample sentence: "Unfortunately, what we're getting today in Washington with both political parties is laggardship, not leadership."


  1. Initiative, Comeback America. Glossary of Terms. Retrieved on 6/27/2012.
  2. Suntah, Nemraj (7/19/2011). "PUBLIC SECTOR: We need leadership rather than “laggardship”". LeMauricien. Retrieved 6/27/2012. 
  3. Kirschner, Bryan. Leadership and laggardship don't mix. Retrieved on 6/27/2012.
  4. Bouchard, Stephanie (6/26/2012). "Being fiscally responsible by replacing Washington's 'laggardship' with leadership". Healthcare Finance News. Retrieved 6/27/2012. 
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