Psychology: the making of a leader

By Marc Wilson In Psychology

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24th November, 2012
I wonder if, as he sat eating his Weet-Bix the morning after re-election, Barack Obama found himself weighing whether it’s all been worth it? For a start, he probably eats breakfast about 4am while preparing for a 16-hour day of soul-grindingly unproductive negotiations with lobbyists, interest groups and, of course, Republicans. At times during the election campaign he just looked knackered. Why would anyone do it? This is a question about motivation – how and how much one works towards desired goals or to avoid undesirable ones. In the 1930s, Henry Murray suggested most people’s ...

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