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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

Carolyn B. Thompson, Jim Ware

ISBN: 978-0-471-66047-7

Aug 2004

316 pages

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"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

George W. Bush
The Making of the Leadership Genius xiii

Introduction 1

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
Communicate 171

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

Notes 281

Index 303

Don't laugh when you see the title of a new book that challenges the elite's view that President Bush is no brainiac: The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush. Really. "We did it," says coauthor Carolyn Thompson, a leadership expert, "because he's so widely underestimated and because everybody thinks he's not what he really is." That would be Master Leader, she and James Ware conclude in their scholarly study. More in-depth than others like The Rumsfeld Way, it charts Bush's 10 common-sense leadership lessons, like: Hire smart, build trust, talk straight, and leave aides alone. "General Patton," they write, "followed the same strategy." Yet unlike the field commander, Bush gets no respect, à la Rodney Dangerfield. But that, too, says Thompson, is part of Bush's genius. "He likes to be underestimated." She's even copied her two favorite Bush traits. While unpresidential at times, he tells it like he sees it. And he's religious about sticking to his schedule, which includes two hours of exercise and home by 7 p.m. "I do the same now and it works," she says. "He's made a believer out of me." (U.S. News & World Report, January 20, 2003)