Theodore Roosevelt was a leader of uncommon strength who, through the sheer force of his extraordinary will, turned America into a modern world power. Thrown headfirst into the presidency by the assassination of his predecessor, he led with courage, character, and vision in the face of overwhelming challenges, whether busting corporate trusts or building the Panama Canal. Roosevelt has been a hero to millions of Americans for over a century and is a splendid model to help you master today's turbulent marketplace and be a hero and a leader in your own organization.
About the Author
From March 1991 through May 1997 Mr. Strock served in Governor Pete Wilson's cabinet as California's first Secretary for Environmental Protection. He assisted the Governor in his successful creation of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). During Mr. Strock's service in the Wilson Administration significant advances were achieved in protection of California's air, land and water—while simultaneously reforming, simplifying and updating the state's historically Byzantine regulatory process. Among the Agency's recognitions was a $100,000 "Innovation" award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation.
From 1989 until 1991, Mr. Strock served in President Bush's subcabinet as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement (chief law enforcement officer) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His office was instrumental in the development of the Lieberman-Wilson Pollution Prosecution Act of 1990, signed by President Bush. In 1988-89 he served as General Counsel and as Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during the transition from the Reagan to the Bush Administration. In 1998 he served as an appointee of Governor Wilson on the California State Personnel Board.
Mr. Strock's other work experiences range from private law practice, to service as Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and as a special assistant to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus. In the 1978 and 1980 election cycles he was research director for Bailey, Deardourff & Associates, participating in numerous statewide political campaigns across the country. Mr. Strock was a senior analyst in President Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign.
He was educated at Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School and New College, Oxford (Rotary Scholarship). Mr. Strock is a frequent writer for general and professional publications. His book, Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator, was released by Prima Publishing in hardback in 1998 and in softcover in 1999
Beginning in 1973-74 when he moderated and produced a weekly television program on WDSU-TV (NBC, New Orleans), he has been a frequent public speaker. Mr. Strock has spoken in Mexico, Europe and Asia under auspices of the U.S. Information Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, Deutsche-Umwelthilfe, the government of Bavaria, the Confederation of British Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry and other public and private groups.
Mr. Strock is a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute (San Francisco). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) the Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association (sections on Dispute Resolution, and Environment, Energy & Resources), and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. In 1996 Mr. Strock served as chair of the United California State Employees Campaign. A long-time advocate of national service, he served to captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps (1987-1996), was a volunteer in the Big Brothers (1983-86) and a member of the board of directors of Youth Service America (1988-89). He is a member of the board of directors of the Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco.
Table of ContentsPrologue: September 1901
I: In the Arena
1. Leading—Wherever You Are
2. Ceasing to Be Afraid
3. Always Learning
4. Working Bravely in the Darkness
5. Wielding the Big Stick
6. Action, Action, and Still More Action
II: Leadership in Action
7. Getting the Best on Your Team
8. Getting the Best from Your Team
9. The Job Only You Can Do
III: Building the Bully Pulpit
10. Putting Action into Words
11. Fighting Words—Responding to Unjust Criticism
12. Putting Words into Action
IV: Achieving Integrity
13. The Vigor of Life
Theodore Roosevelt Chronology
Notes on Sources
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
Douglas Brinkley, professor of
history and director of the Eisenhower Center, University of New Orleans
James Strock has written a historically engaging narrative brimming with the affirmative wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt. If you want to succeed in business or education without compromising your moral compass, this marvelous book is an absolute must.
John C. Maxwell author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, founder
of The Injoy Group
Filled with invaluable lessons for twenty-first century leaders.
As rousing and inspirational as its protean subject, Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership is ideally timed--not only to coincide with the centennial of America's first modern president, but to combat the cynicism and artifice that beset our culture. In mining TR's life for the gold of individual character and national purpose, James Strock gives us a memorable portrait of an unforgettable American.
Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian
I highly recommend this insightful account of the leadership philosophies that defined a truly extraordinary leader and one of our most dynamic (and sometimes controversial) presidents. An exhilarating read for every executive and aspiring top executive--made particularly interesting by illustrative, fascinating vignettes from TR's life.
Malcolm R. Currie, chairman and CEO (ret.), Hughes Aircraft Co.
James Strock's incredible account of Theodore Roosevelt's inspirational and strategic leadership of our country will become a primer for today's business and governmental executives in sustaining our global economy. His knowledge and interpretation of TR's strength, courage, and vision is unsurpassed. I thoroughly recommend this as required reading for both the aspiring manager and the seasoned executive.
Carl D. Perry, president and CEO, Enova Systems Inc.
James Strock has done a masterful job of drawing strategic leadership lessons from the life of TR and serving them up to readers for productive application in their businesses and their lives. TR's leadership has never been more relevant than in today's 'white-knuckle' business arena. The timing for this work is perfect!
Dave Anderson, president LearntoLead.com
Peter Robinson, host of the PBS television program Uncommon
This book is a vivid work of history, an altogether absorbing practical guide-and the best introduction to Theodore Roosevelt I've ever encountered.
James Strock captures the qualities and techniques of leadership as expressed and practiced by one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. This book is a must for everyone with a desire to excel as a leader.
George M. Scalise, president, Semiconductor Industry Association
The values and pricinples that made Theodore Roosevelt such a great leader are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime. In this very readable book, James Strock shows readers how they can apply TR's remarkable leadership qualities to their own lives and careers.
George Montgomery, investment banker and trustee of Environmental Defense
James Strock has written the book that Theodore Roosevelt's admirers have been waiting for--a clear, concise, and compelling account of TR's philosophy of living and working. This is a book that you will want to read and re-read.
John Allen Gable, Ph.D., executive director, Theodore Roosevelt Association
This captivating volume is a must-read for people in business, the nonprofit sector, and government who cannot achieve their goals without inspiring others.
Carla A. Hills, chair and CEO of Hills & Company, International Consultants; former U.S. Trade Ambassador and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and president of The Roosevelt
It is about time someone wrote a book like this! This concise and valuable guide to Theodore Roosevelt's philosophy of action is interesting as history and useful for business people and other leaders.
In a time when perception is regarded as reality, it is nice to be reminded of the real thing. TR didn't know how to spin or use phrases like 'maximizing goals.' Common sense and tenacity, combined with the leadership principles illustrated in this inspiring book, are timeless and irresistible.
John Milius, Hollywood writer and director
No one exemplified management ability more than Theodore Roosevelt, the greatest executive of his era, whose extraordinary leadership talents are so well documented in James Strock's book. Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership is an outstanding reference manual for rising leaders.
Putney Westerfield, chairman emeritus, Boyden International; former publisher, Fortune
This meticulously researched and highly readable book is a masterpiece on
an up-front leader. Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership could be the primer
that turns around a nation choking on guidance from 'leaders' who preach 'do
as I say, not as I do.
(Col. David H. Hackworth (U.S. Army, ret.), author of the bestseller About Face)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Teddy was one of the greatest leaders in our country's history. Strock does an excellent job of illustrating that leadership and how Roosevelt came to be one of our greatest Presidents. The book is 5 star in my eyes.