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

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

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By (author) Carolyn B. Thompson, By (author) Jim Ware

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 316 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 216mm x 12mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 11 August 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0471660477
  • ISBN 13: 9780471660477
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,567,497

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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 didn't 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., and 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

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CAROLYN B. THOMPSON is President of Training Systems, Inc., a customized performance improvement and HR consulting company dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized organizations enhance their ability to recruit, inspire, train, and retain the quality leaders they need at every level. JAMES W. WARE, MBA, CFA, is a principal of Focus Consulting Group, Inc. The firm works with leaders to build sustainable success through their expertise in leadership, culture, and change management.

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"More in-depth than others like The Rumsfeld Way, it charts Bush's 10 common-sense leadership lessons..." ("U.S. News & World Report," January 20, 2003)

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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 didn't 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, "Worl"d 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., and 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

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If, according to Abigail Adams, " great necessities call forth great leaders, " then George W. Bush has displayed a natural ability to lead. Through his skillful use of timeless management principles and his powerful people skills, Bush has proven to be a genius at leadership. The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush reveals the unwavering leadership principles of the first President with an MBA and illustrates how he uses them to operate within the arenas of politics, business, and life. Leadership and management consultants Carolyn Thompson and James Ware identify ten timeless qualities that have made Bush a great leader, breaking down each one so that you too can use these techniques in your own leadership quest- whether you are running a Fortune 500 company, the local school board, or your condo association.Each thought-provoking chapter highlights a unique leadership lesson gleaned from Bush' s political, professional, and personal endeavors. From owner of the Texas Rangers to President of the United States, these principles have propelled George W. Bush to the top and can do the same for you: Identifying core valuesBuilding alliancesHaving a visionCommunicationBuilding trustDisciplineBringing in the right peopleIntuitionAllowing those hired to do their jobsGetting resultsThe Leadership Genius of George W. Bush explores everything from overcoming setbacks (as Bush did during his nomination bid) and managing in crisis (September 11th) to setting the vision and hiring the best and brightest to execute it. Engaging and entertaining, The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush is a lively blend of professional accomplishments and personal beliefs. Clearlyoutlining the techniques that have made George W. Bush such an effective leader, this practical guide will help you develop the leadership skills necessary for success in today' s fast-paced world.

Table of contents

George W. Bush: The Making of the Leadership Genius. Introduction. Chapter 1. What Do You Stand For?: Identify Core Values. Chapter 2. Where Are You Going?: Inspire Through Vision. Chapter 3. Can I Trust You?: Become Credible. Chapter 4. Bring in the Right People, Part One: Don't Be Afraid to Hire People Smarter Than You. Chapter 5. Bring in the Right People, Part Two: Leave 'Em Alone! Chapter 6. Encourage Collaboration: Build Alliances. Chapter 7. Give It to 'Em Straight: Communicate. Chapter 8. If It's Noon, I Must Be Jogging: Be Disciplined and Focus. Chapter 9. Intuitive Wisdom: Trust Your Instincts. Chapter 10. Getting Results: Hold People Accountable. Notes. Index.