ROGER STERLING JR., Senior Partner, Head of Accounts
BERTRAM COOPER, Senior Partner
DONALD FRANCIS DRAPER, Senior Partner, Creative
LANE PRYCE, Junior Partner, CFO
PETER DYCKMAN CAMPBELL Junior Partner, Accounts
Yes, we know. We love Peggy Olson too. Watching her creative talent and personal life blossom has been one of the major delights of Mad Men, the hit AMC show about ad executives in the 1960s. Market research guru Dr. Faye Miller has been a brainy breath of fresh air in this, the fourth season of the show. And whose heart doesn’t beat faster at the sight of the lonely goddess of the secretarial pool, Mrs. Joan Harris?
But when it comes to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the Madison Avenue startup whose fortunes we have been following this season, the buck stops at the desks of five men and five men alone. Perhaps the company would have done better with at least one of those women at the helm, but such a thing was almost unknown in pre-feminist 1965.
So with the season finale approaching this Sunday, and the startup’s very existence hanging in the balance, let us grade the leadership skills of the five guys who steered the company to this point: senior partners Roger Sterling, Bert Cooper and Don Draper, and junior partners Lane Pryce and Pete Campbell.