A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness (Audiobook)
By Nassir Ghaemi, read by Sean Runnette
Duration: 10 hours and 29 mins | Unabridged, 2011 | ISBN: 1455125245 | MP3 64 kbps | 277 MB
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An investigation into the surprisingly deep correlation between mental illness and successful leadership, as seen through some of history's greatest politicians, generals, and businesspeople.
In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, who runs the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center, draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders--realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity--also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. By combining astute analysis of the historical evidence with the latest psychiatric research, Ghaemi demonstrates how these qualities have produced brilliant leadership under the toughest circumstances.