Thursday, August 25
Does Mental Illness Go Hand-In-Hand With Good Leadership?
The economy is floundering, Washington seems crippled by partisan bickering, and President Obama’s approval ratings are sinking to new lows. Still though, the seemingly unflappable Obama remains calm, cool and collected. Could it be that our president is too sane? A new book argues that leaders with mental illness – particularly mania or depression – are often better in times of turmoil, and that sanity can actually be a hindrance to effective crisis management. Nassir Ghaemi is the author of First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University and the director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center.