Right Brain/Left Brain President: Barack Obama's Uncommon Leadership Ability and How We Can Each Develop It

Right Brain/Left Brain President: Barack Obama's Uncommon Leadership Ability and How We Can Each Develop It

Right Brain/Left Brain President: Barack Obama's Uncommon Leadership Ability and How We Can Each Develop It

Right Brain/Left Brain President: Barack Obama's Uncommon Leadership Ability and How We Can Each Develop It

Synopsis

A "left-brain" leader is methodical, logical, and adept in analytical thinking. A "right-brain" leader is intuitive, subjective, and a creative thinker. The former is objective and sees details; the latter is tuned to the emotional and sees the big picture. Barack Obama is that rare individual whose experience, education, and thinking style enable him to be a true right brain/left brain president-and an ideal leader.

Excerpt

I feel fortunate to hold the often enviable position of being the Series Editor of Contemporary Psychology for Praeger. It gives me a proverbial backstage pass and often giddy first looks at what has become what you are now holding in your hands. in some cases, it additionally affords me the chance to meet new authors and get to know them and their work at an intimate level—resulting in deep friendships and moving intellectual experiences. in the case of this project, I already have had the very pleasurable experience of working with Dr. Décosterd in prior consulting gigs and with her in her first book in this series, the popular Right Brain/Left Brain Leadership: Shifting Style for Maximum Impact (2008).

The high-water mark reached by Dr. Décosterd in her earlier book may wind up being eclipsed by this volume. I have previously noted that Right Brain/Left Brain Leadership is a truly impressive effort—really the first book of its kind that is an amalgam of neuroscience, leadership, strategy, and intuition. It is truly a major contribution to the field. Now Right Brain/Left Brain President: Barack Obama’s Un common Leadership Ability and How We Can Each Develop It continues where Right Brain/Left Brain Leadership left off. It is a masterpiece of impressively researched writing blended with her own model of leadership into an understandable synthesis that is highly readable (and enjoyable!)—regardless of your politics.

Dr. Décosterd deconstructs the complexity of politics, leadership, and human functioning and makes it all understandable and accessible. I like how she transforms her book into a tool box, filled with things such as her Ten-Point Executive Summary, her Right and Left Brain Toolkits, her Tools of the Trade, and forms galore, all of which comprise a leadership how-to, conveniently packaged into a book!

She doesn’t stop there, either, as she helps us to make our new learning actionable. and remember, this is in the context of a very enjoyable book. While history will be the final judge of this president, as well as of all presidents, no president . . .

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