The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush: 10 Commonsense Lessons from the Commander in Chief
"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
—David M. Abshire, President, Center for the Study of the Presidency
George W. Bush
The Making of the Leadership Genius xiii
Chapter 1 What Do You Stand For?
Identify Core Values 7
Chapter 2 Where Are You Going?
Inspire Through Vision 33
Chapter 3 Can I Trust You?
Become Credible 55
Chapter 4 Bring in the Right People, Part One
Don't Be Afraid to Hire People Smarter Than You 81
Chapter 5 Bring in the Right People, Part Two
Leave 'Em Alone! 113
Chapter 6 Encourage Collaboration
Build Alliances 149
Chapter 7 Give It to 'Em Straight
Chapter 8 If It's Noon, I Must Be Jogging
Be Disciplined and Focus 203
Chapter 9 Intuitive Wisdom
Trust Your Instincts 249
Chapter 10 Getting Results
Hold People Accountable 265
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.