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Power Thinking. How the Way You Think Can Change the Way You Lead

  • ID: 2217982
  • Book
  • March 2004
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Enhance Your Thinking Power and Your Leadership Abilities

Power Thinking is an invaluable resource for leaders. It contains profiles of twenty–three outstanding leaders from a wide variety of organizations and describes the thinking strategies that they regularly use. The book includes the Yale Assessment of Thinking, a standardized test that has been used to enhance thinking skills and to develop successful abilities in over fifty thousand leaders in the United States and in other countries. It also describes and illustrates the usage of strategies shown to be the most conducive to problem solving, decision making, and creative thinking.

Advance Praise for Power Thinking

"Every business leader or wannabe business leader should read this book. Mangieri and Block’s power thinking strategies are a sure way to reach the top and stay there."
Stephen M. Yesenosky, president, The Corporate Promotions Group

"There is a lot of talk in professional literature these days about ‘taking it to the next level.’ This book is different in that it goes beyond talk and instead describes the actions that leaders will need to take if we are going to succeed in tomorrow’s highly competitive business world."
Robert M. Curran, vice president, E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

"Many leaders often fail to think in an objective and clear way when they are confronted with problems and organizational challenges. This book provides a rich resource as to how leaders can reach decisions and solve problems more effectively. This book is a must for leaders who want to improve their thinking skills in a systematic and thorough way."
Anne J. Udall, executive director, Lee Leadership Institute

"Having directly worked for over a decade with the best–known authors and thinkers of leadership, I thought I had a clear idea as to how leaders solve problems and reach decisions. This book provides more strategies and ideas about these crucial aspects of being a leader–and more importantly, ways to apply this knowledge–than any other book I have read. The strategic advantage outlined in Power Thinking should be used by every individual and every organization."
Paul A. Sanders, CEO, LumaCore

"This book is outstanding. It will help me and other leaders to become more effective in performing our many and complex responsibilities."
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president, Fordham University

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1. Why Power Thinking Is a Must and Not a Should for Leaders.

2. How Proficient Are My Thinking Skills?

3. What Do My Test Scores Tell Me About My Thinking Skill Levels?

4. Reasoning: Internal Cognitive Process.

5. Reasoning: External Cognitive Process.

6. Insight: Internal Cognitive Process.

7. Insight: External Cognitive Process.

8. Self–Knowledge: Internal Cognitive Process.

9. Self–Knowledge: External Cognitive Process.

10. Putting Our Words into Practice.

Appendix: Normative Data.


The Authors.


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John N. Mangieri is pres–ident of the Center for Leadership and Personnel Development in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as faculty member and university administrator at a number of institutions, where he has held a variety of positions including university president. A Fulbright Scholar, Mangieri has consulted to and conducted leadership programs at numerous organizations in the United States and countries around the world.

Cathy Collins Block is a professor of education at Texas Christian University and has been a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame. She was the chairperson of the National Commission to Infuse Thinking Development into the Curriculum of the Schools of the United States. Block has been honored by being named one of the 2,000 Most Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century.
Mangieri and Block have jointly written seven books as well as a standardized test, the Yale Assessment of Thinking, published by Jossey–Bass.

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