Leading from the Top: Presidential Lessons in Issues Management

About the Book

Dennis M. Powell’s new book Leading from the Top: Presidential Lessons in Issues Management takes readers on a journey spanning 90 plus years of American presidential history. In each chapter, the book uncovers valuable lessons in issues management leadership by analyzing how presidents tackled the most complex challenges on the biggest stage under the most intense scrutiny. Reading the book provides insights into crucial elements of successful issues management, such as asking permission, repositioning the issue, and understanding the extent of one’s runway. 

The book presents straightforward lessons in leadership, management, strategy, and communications that are easy to comprehend and serve as foundation for Massey Powell’s speaking engagements, workshops, training and consulting.


“Board members can benefit from these lessons and insights to better manage risks.”

“Leadership training programs need to include issues management skills.”

“No organization is immune from the disruptions poorly managed issues can create.”

“Dennis M. Powell provides lessons learned over decades in consulting in an easy to read and understand format.”

“A must read for leaders and aspiring leaders who want to master this important skills set.”

“Using presidential history to teach lessons in business management is genius.”

“The book provided valuable lessons to me as a communications professional.”

“This should be on the reading list of everyone who provides public relations services.”

“Readers will come away with important new insights into leadership in crisis.”

“A nonpartisan way of assessing the effectiveness of our elected leaders.”

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Leading from the Top: Presidential Lessons in Issues Management is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Scribd and whereever books are sold.