British academic Archie Brown points to Lenin, Hitler and Mussolini as examples of political figures who were too strong for the good of humanity. They’re extreme examples of leaders who believed in their own genius, wouldn't consider dissenting opinions, and created chaos and pain. Strong leaders aren’t always misanthropic, Brown notes. He cites Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson and Abraham Lincoln as strong leaders who exerted their authority – with good intent – despite the US system of checks and balances. This study doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it recasts the historical record along an intriguing theme. getAbstract recommends Brown’s insights and research to managers, investors, public administrators and policy makers seeking another view of political leadership.
In this book, you will learn
- What traits mark a strong leader,
- Why strong leaders are ultimately undesirable and
- What types of strong leaders have emerged during modern history.
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