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A First Rate Madness

Ross Reynolds
08/08/2011 at 12:20 p.m.

Mental illness can make for better leaders. Nassir Ghaemi, professor of psychiatry at Tufts University, found by studying Ghandi, Churchill and Lincoln that empathy is enhanced by depression and resilience comes from depression and mania. Mentally healthy leaders, like Neville Chamberlain, failed in a crisis in part because they did not have those qualities.

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Nassir Ghaemi is a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University and the author of "A First Rate Madness."

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