Does mental illness produce good leaders?

Nassir Ghaemi, a psychiatrist who also holds a BA in history, argues that mental illness can actually give leaders an advantage in managing crisis situations in his new book, A First-Rate Madness.  Lincoln is one of the examples discussed in the book, drawing on the widely-accepted theory that he suffered from depression.

You can read an advance review of Ghaemi’s book at the Boston Globe‘s website.


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