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“Only Leadership Talks Can Save George Bush's Presidency," Says Leadership Expert

The Iraq War And Katrina Have Combined To Create The Perfect Storm Of A Crisis For The President

“Does He Know What The Leadership Talk Is? Because Right Now, It Is the Only Thing That Can Save His Presidency.

Williamstown, MA, 09/02/05: George W. Bush is facing the most serious crisis of his presidency, and only one thing can have him successfully meet the challenges of this crisis, the Leadership Talk – according to leadership expert, Brent Filson.

Filson says, “The convergence of American disapproval with the war in Iraqi with the devastation caused by Katrina is setting up a perfect storm of events that might result in sweeping public condemnation of his presidency. Of course, Bush had nothing to do with Katrina; but if the public believes that both preventive steps and after-storm responses were lacking due to the diversion of money, manpower, and equipment to Iraq, then Bush might have his approval ratings hit rock bottom and remain there throughout the remainder of his term..”

Filson, who has worked with thousands of leaders worldwide during the past 21 years, asserts that there is only one way he can turn his presidency around, that’s the frequent use of Leadership Talks.

“It may seem frivolous to apply this concept to an American presidency, but when one really understands what the Leadership Talk is all about, you’ll see why the heartwood of all great leadership is the Leadership Talk. Look at it this way, the vast majority of leaders I’ve encountered are repeatedly doing one thing that screws up their jobs and careers. They’re giving presentations and speeches, not Leadership Talks! Bush’s televised message right after Katrina hit was a presentation, not a Leadership Talk. He was simply delivering a lot of facts and not making that deep, human emotional connection with the American people, which he would have done if he had given a Leadership Talk. And when he came to the scene of such utter devastation and misery and anguish pleas for help and chuckled about his wild days in New Orleans, do you think he was giving a Leadership Talk?"

In defining the Leadership Talk, Filson says there is a hierarchy of verbal persuasion when it comes to leadership. "The lowest levels are speeches and presentations, which primarily communicate information. The highest and most effective level is the Leadership Talk. The Leadership Talk does something much more than simply get information across, it has the leader establish a deep, human, emotional connection with the audience. Its in the realm of that connection leaders get the best results."

Filson concludes, “With America in a crisis, the public is hungry for leadership, for the kind of leadership that resonates with their deeply held needs. But if the leadership does not resonate, the backlash will be profound. Bush has to go out to people across the country and give leadership Talks. The Leadership Talk is not some spinmeister puff. It’s not a corny pep talk. It’s the very foundation of great leadership. Throughout history, whenever people needed to do great things, one thing had to take place, a leader had to go to the people and speak from the heart. George W. Bush has to go to people and give Leadership Talks. He has got to share his heartfelt vision for nation in a heartfelt way. He has to m motivate them to make shared sacrifices. He did that after 9/11. Remember his standing in the rubble, with a bullhorn and the firefighters and he saying, ‘... the world will hear from you!’ Clearly, he can do it again.”

Filson says that the president may get a temporary bump in the polls, as presidents invariably do after the country enters a crisis. “However, if most people feel he’s disconnected from them, if he can’t communicate a connection, if he can’t give Leadership Talks, if he’s out there simply giving presentations, his ratings will eventually plummet to record lows, and he’ll find himself a lame duck president in the worst sense.”

The Filson Leadership Group, Inc.

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