The Soul of a Leader: Character, Conviction, and Ten Lessons by Waller R. Newell

By Waller R. Newell

What are we searching for in a leader?

Has the which means of management changed?

Can background offer suggestions for the leaders of a emerging generation?

What defines the soul of a leader?

In The Soul of a Leader, political scientist and cultural commentator Waller R. Newell bargains a desirable point of view at the function of management in American existence this day. From the start of democracy in Periclean Athens to the Founding Fathers' view of statesmanship, from the studies of Abraham Lincoln to these of recent presidents, this far-reaching and provocative new e-book explores the numerous and various parts of fine statesmanhip, together with the undying characteristics all sturdy leaders percentage. As Newell plumbs the depths of background, he illuminates the ethical, mental, and highbrow assets we inherit from the traditions of the West—traditions steeped within the adventure and mirrored image on statecraft from precedent days onward—and bargains a compass for the demanding situations America's subsequent iteration of leaders will face.

In this enticing combination of personality portraiture, old viewpoint, and modern political perception, Newell proposes a daring new point of view at the evolution of the fashionable American presidency, from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush. He steps again in time to judge the clashing versions of Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, as they captured the fight for the soul of the yankee Republic. And, in an essay of masterful historic succeed in, he contemplates the roots of contemporary management within the tale of what he calls "the West's first superpower conflict"—the epic conflict among Athens and Sparta, with its echoes of either Vietnam and Iraq. ultimately, he attracts from those tales ten classes in political greatness—lessons the following American president should be clever to heed.

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I will explore how the parade of leaders from Kennedy to Bush has now run its course, leading to the emergence of a new and as yet largely unformed generation of leaders with a still uncertain relationship to that earlier heritage. Part Two takes us further back in time and widens the canvas to include Europe as well as America. The focus here is on the emergence of Abraham Lincoln as the greatest American leader of the nineteenth century. But I also consider him in light of the impact made on his generation by an extraordinary European leader, Napoleon Bonaparte—an impact acknowledged by Lincoln himself, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson and many others—and in light of the Founding Fathers’ complex and conflicted views on political honor and the qualities needed to serve the common good in a democracy.

You are welcome to anything he has, and may pry into any corner you like. He has that scorn of concealment that belongs to a caste which never doubts itself. During the war, Churchill’s aristocratic candor even led him, on occasion, openly to voice misgivings about his own policies. As his close wartime aide R. G. Casey recalled, while watching a film of British bombing raids against German towns, Churchill “suddenly sat bolt upright and said to me, ‘are we beasts? ” Churchill did not attend university, and this failure to join the other members of his caste at Oxford or Cambridge, settling instead for the somewhat déclassé profession of cavalryman, always made him feel a little insecure in the company of such learned figures as Prime Minister Arthur Balfour.

In an amazing feat of coalition building, Roosevelt rolled together the prairie populism of the old Progressives, which originated with William Jennings Bryan; the welfare statism pioneered by the Louisiana populist demagogue Huey Long; and an idealistic faith in world peace influenced by the beliefs of his wife, Eleanor, and his first vice president, Henry Wallace. To these disparate movements he forged a link with the old Democratic machine politics of the urban Northeast, with its dense concentration of ethnic working-class voters.

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