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Welcome to this issue of "Dr. T's Timely Tips" by Dr. Tony Alessandra. Please send your feedback to info@alessandra.com!

Dwight Eisenhower - Leadership Genius

One of the interesting things about great leaders is the degree to which they're tolerant of people who are very different from themselves. Under the most difficult circumstances in the Second World War, Dwight Eisenhower managed to create a coalition including the egomaniacal Viscount Montgomery, the self-effacing Omar Bradley, and the gifted but totally bizarre George F. Patton - and the result was success in the Normandy Invasion.

In fact, Eisenhower's ability to deal with different kinds of people may have been his greatest asset as a leader. After the war, he made the somewhat unlikely switch from leading a huge army to being the president of Columbia University. The transition wasn't without a few bumps in the road. At that time, there was a Professor at Columbia named Isidore Rabi, who had worked on the development of the atomic bomb and who subsequently won the Nobel Prize. At a faculty ceremony in honor of the professor's achievement, Eisenhower made a brief speech. It included a remark about how it was always good to see an employee of the university get recognized. At that point, Professor Rabi interrupted him and said, "Excuse me, sir, but the faculty are not employees of the university. The faculty are the university!" This was a witty and somewhat confrontational remark - and Eisenhower might have taken offense. But he loved it! Rabi became his closest friend on the faculty - and when he became President of a somewhat larger organization than Columbia, he appointed Rabi to a number of influential positions.

As you learn to access leadership genius, you're bound to find yourself in some difficult conversations. Here's a technique that cannot only express tolerance, but can also clarify people's thinking in a very productive way. In my listening programs, I call it the Monk's Feedback Exercise and it works like this: Person A states a position. Person B restates A's position, and then states his or her own position. Person A has to restate B's position before replying to it, and so on. I guarantee this exercise lowers the intensity of emotional conversations and helps each side see the other's points of view. Use it and I also guarantee it will enhance your credibility as a leadership genius.

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I Like Ike!

General Eisenhower returned to the US a great hero after his multiple wartime successes. It didn't take long before supports pressured him to run for public office.

Eisenhower was generally considered a politically moderate. It wasn't immediately clear which party he would choose to join. Eventually he settled on the Republican Party, and in 1952 he was nominated as the party's star candidate in the year's presidential election. Eisenhower easily defeated Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson and became the first war general since Ulysses S. Grant to be elected President. Although many presidents have served in the military, Eisenhower would be the only general to serve as President in the 20th century.

Ironically, Dwight Eisenhower, the first five-star general in American history, was raised by pacifists.

"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." - Eisenhower

 

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