The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Commonsense Lessons from the Commander in Chief

The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Commonsense Lessons from the Commander in Chief

The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Commonsense Lessons from the Commander in Chief

The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Commonsense Lessons from the Commander in Chief


Praise for The LEADERSHIP GENIUS of GEORGE W. BUSH "Finally, a fun-to-read book about George W. Bush that details the secrets to his success!" ¿Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager¿ "Political journalists love graduate student intelligence, the ability to make clever allusions in seminars, and in 1999¿2000 they hassled George W. Bush for not having it. They didnt realize what this book succinctly displays: that the President has something far more important¿CEO intelligence, the ability to ask tough questions, garner essential information, and make discerning decisions. Such intelligence can be fostered and honed, and this book shows how." ¿Dr. Marvin Olasky, Professor of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, and Editor in Chief, World magazine "Put aside politics and read this book right away for its true wisdom and concrete advice about leadership. The authors have done a brilliant job explaining the leadership style that makes this President so effective. Any leader can learn from the philosophy, strategy, and tactics in this book." ¿Bruce Tulgan, founder of RainmakerThinking, Inc., author, Winning the Talent Wars "Thompson and Ware make a compelling case that this President who ¿loves to be underestimated has a highly effective approach to leadership that is humane, direct, and at times, truly transformational. Many in business today could benefit from reading this book." ¿David M. Abshire, President, Center for the Study of the Presidency "Carolyn Thompson and James Ware have it right . . . leadership is about what one is, not just what one does. About character, not just charisma . . . about credibility, not just credentials. This timely account of The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush will truly encourage and inspire readers." ¿Commissioner Robert A. Watson, Retired National Commander, The Salvation Army, U.S.A.


Carolyn B. Thompson, James W. Ware

As longtime consultants in the area of leadership, we were fascinated by George W. Bush. How does a guy who seems so much like the neighbor next door succeed as the most powerful leader in the world? People underestimate him, but time and again he rises to the occasion. Yet his style of leadership seems to contradict almost everything we thought we knew about leadership.

Our task in writing this book has been to discover the secret that makes Bush a leadership genius. We examined his leadership style from what we considered a fairly well-rounded perspective. Our research team (the two authors) consists of one male, one female; one conservative, one liberal; one traditional Christian, one nontraditional; one more “right-brained” (creative and flexible), one more “left-brained” (logical and organized). and yet we both came away with the same admiration for Bush's leadership abilities.

Jim Ware's fascination with leadership dates back to his days as a securities analyst, when he interviewed company leaders like Lee Iacocca, Sam Walton, and Donald Rumsfeld. He and his colleagues at Focus Consulting have developed various measurement tools for diagnosing the effectiveness of leaders and the organizational cultures that they shape. He is interested in comparing business and political leadership. Do the same principles apply? Can successful business leaders cross over into politics, and vice versa? the study of George W. Bush was a perfect opportunity to examine these questions. Bush considers himself a business leader, schooled at Harvard . . .

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