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Presidential dads — how they behave at home says a lot about how they lead in the White House

Presidential dads — how they behave at home says a lot about how they lead in the White House

There are three well known leadership styles — democratic, laissez-faire and autocratic. Leaders who are small-D democrats have the final say, but they involve others in the decision-making process. In contrast, laissez-faire leaders let subordinates take action, and autocratic leaders rarely consult others. 

These categories obviously apply to the way American presidents have conducted the nation's business. They also apply to way they have behaved as parents. For most presidents, who they are in the West Wing is pretty much who they are as family men.

I count some of our best-known presidents among the small-D democrats in leadership style:...

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