The Soul of a Leader

The Ten Lessons of Political Greatness

The Soul of a Leader by Waller Newell was a great book... long, detailed... but highly readable and more - VERY GOOD. The final pages of his book summarize the Ten Lessons of Political Greatness. After a long tour through modern American Presidents, then a visit to Lincoln and Napoleon, followed by a look at the ancient Greek democracies, Waller Newell gives his summary. I hope these have at least some power for you who probably have not read his book. Here they are with little or no explanation.

1.  Character trumps brains, or at least formal education.

2.  Inspiring rhetoric is necessary, but only in moderation.

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