Memo to a New President The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership

ISBN-10: 0195332458
ISBN-13: 9780195332452
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

So you've gotten yourself elected president--now what? Help is here in the form of an imaginary memo from your former professor, who integrates the works of the great thinkers (Aristotle, Plato, Machiavelli, etc.) with contemporary scholarship to address the strengths, limitations, and possibilities of presidential leadership. Michael A. Genovese, a highly esteemed presidential scholar, culls numerous nuggets of wisdom about presidential leadership, including past presidents, condensing detailed and academically grounded insights into an engaging and entertaining read. All essential topics are covered, including: presidential character and personality; political institutions and opportunities; power versus leadership; and sources of and limits to presidential power. In-depth coverage of crisis management and wartime decision-making are unique strengths of the book. Chapters are brief and concise, making Memo to a New President far more interesting than supplements such as case studies or documents. Genovese's presentation allows readers to identify with the various constraints on America's chief executive and gives them an opportunity to apply their knowledge and preconceptions (often misconceptions) to the political realities that presidents routinely face. Students are left to grapple with a central question of the book: Is an effective presidency possible without undermining the essence of a democratic republic?

Introduction
To the New President
The World's Most Exclusive Club: The Modern Presidents
Defining Leadership
Power and Leadership
Presidential Greatness
Self-Knowledge
The Skilled Leader
The Personality and Character of the Leader
The Uses of Emotion
The Moral Universe of Leaders
Mistakes Happen and Happen and Happen
Vision
The Presidential Voice
Your Family
System Knowledge
The Paradoxes of the American Presidency
Levels of Political Opportunity
The Importance of the Transition
Political Timing and the Honeymoon
You and the People
Shaman and Symbol
Management
Dealing With the Pesky Congress
Facing the Courts and the Rule of Law
The Media and You
Party Leadership
World Knowledge
Dealing With an Interdependent World
Crisis Management
War
Going Beyond the Law in a Dangerous World
Conclusion: The Purposive Leader
Leading Change
The Ends of Good Governance
Phronesis
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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