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How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons from Our Presidents

Mount Rushmore
Wed Sep 4

How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons from Our Presidents

Mount Rushmore
Wed Sep 4

How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons from Our Presidents

featuring presidential historian Talmage Boston, and Moderated by Jeff Engel

Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CT
Mount Rushmore

Throughout U.S. history there are presidents whose qualities separated them from the rest and propelled them to the highest office Washington’s honesty, Lincoln’s leadership, Kennedy’s charisma, Roosevelt’s fortitude, the list could go on. But which of these qualities can be transferred to the next generation? What leadership lessons apply today? In Talmage Boston’s new book, How the Best did it: Leadership Lesson’s From our top Presidents, he explores the best qualities of former U.S. presidents and what we can learn from them. Historian and Council friend Jon Meacham calls it “A discerning examination of what all of us can learn from some of our most effective leaders who have held—and wielded—ultimate power at the highest level.”

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Talmage Boston Headshot

Talmage Boston is a partner at the Shackelford Law Firm in Dallas. He is also a former board member of the World Affairs Council and a member of the Mallon Circle, an honorary body comprised of members who have served the Council with distinction. He is a historian, author, speaker, and interviewer. Boston has spoken at the National Archives, six presidential libraries, 12 World Affairs Councils, and many universities. He has had the pleasure of having previously interviewed Henry Kissinger.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Jeffrey A. Engel is the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU and a professor in the Clements Department of History. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With teaching experience at several prestigious institutions, including Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, he also served as a professor and director at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government & Public Service. Engel has authored/edited twelve books on American foreign policy.

  • About the event

    Throughout U.S. history there are presidents whose qualities separated them from the rest and propelled them to the highest office Washington’s honesty, Lincoln’s leadership, Kennedy’s charisma, Roosevelt’s fortitude, the list could go on. But which of these qualities can be transferred to the next generation? What leadership lessons apply today? In Talmage Boston’s new book, How the Best did it: Leadership Lesson’s From our top Presidents, he explores the best qualities of former U.S. presidents and what we can learn from them. Historian and Council friend Jon Meacham calls it “A discerning examination of what all of us can learn from some of our most effective leaders who have held—and wielded—ultimate power at the highest level.”

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    Talmage Boston Headshot

    Talmage Boston is a partner at the Shackelford Law Firm in Dallas. He is also a former board member of the World Affairs Council and a member of the Mallon Circle, an honorary body comprised of members who have served the Council with distinction. He is a historian, author, speaker, and interviewer. Boston has spoken at the National Archives, six presidential libraries, 12 World Affairs Councils, and many universities. He has had the pleasure of having previously interviewed Henry Kissinger.

    ABOUT THE MODERATOR

    Jeffrey A. Engel is the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU and a professor in the Clements Department of History. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With teaching experience at several prestigious institutions, including Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, he also served as a professor and director at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government & Public Service. Engel has authored/edited twelve books on American foreign policy.

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