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 strategic 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 strategic issues management, such as asking permission before undertaking big projects, repositioning an issue to regain control of the narrative, 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 form the  foundation for Massey Powell’s consulting, workshops, training and presentations.


“Refreshingly simple approach to a what can be a challenging subject.”

“I wasn’t expecting to but I learned a lot reading this book.”

“Anyone who manages risk can improve by reading this book.”

“Great lessons for leaders and aspiring leaders in strategic management.”

“Hard to believe how some presidents put themselves in those situations.”

“Lessons learned over decades in an easy to read and understand format.”

“The book is useful in a lot of ways.”

“As a communications professional, I appreciate how controlling the narrative in stressed throughout the book.”

“A must read for business school grads looking for a competitive advantage.”

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

“A fair 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.