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Heroic Leadership: Dynamic Civility and Creative Compromise
Matthew Purushotham, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
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Civility: The Martial Art of Political Heroism (Book)
Title: Civility: The Martial Art of Political Heroism
Author: Dr. David Abshire
Author: Christopher O. Howard
Abstract: This monograph examines the use of civility as a martial art by several heroic American
political leaders. This group – George Washington, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan – each displayed a special form of leadership of great relevance to us today. They practiced civility – respect, listening, and compromise – as a martial art in their political battles. They wielded these weapons just as military leaders employ their own weapons in battle, to gain the higher ground. But in politics, higher ground is the ability to achieve what otherwise would be seemingly impossible. America was born in what is sometimes called the Age of Reason, and the triumph of Reason – over instinct, emotion, tradition, and fear – is the ultimate objective of civility employed as a martial art. Thus, a martial civility is the employment of reason in building trust, discussing points of view, persuading, concluding, and achieving success.
Primary URL: http://www.thepresidency.org
Primary URL Description: The monograph is located under CSPC Website under Publication - Publication Archive.
Secondary URL: http://www.thepresidency.org/storage/documents/Civility_Web.pdf
Secondary URL Description: The monograph is located under CSPC Website under Publication - Publication Archive.
Access Model: Open Access
Type: Multi-author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes