A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi

To see a world in a grain of sand,

And heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of our hand,

And eternity in an hour. ~~~ William Blake
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For months,  my madness gathered strength,  To roll all sweetness to a ball, In color, tropical…

Now I am frizzled, stale and small… ~~~~ Robert Lowell

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A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi

 

Most of us make a basic and reasonable assumption about sanity: we think it produces good results, and believe insanity is a problem.

Aristotle first speculated about the link between genius and madness twenty-five hundred years ago.

 

Inverse law of Sanity:when times are good, when peace reigns, and the ship of state only needs to sail straight, mentally healthy people function well as our leaders.
When our world is in tumult, mentally ill leaders function best.

 

Four key elements of some mental illnesses – mania and depression – appear to promote crisis leadership: realism, resilience, empathy and creativity.

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