On March 14th, Drs LauraAnn Migliore (Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research, CLSOR, affiliate) and Erik Bean (CLSOR associate university research chair and Journal of Leadership Studies Leadership Perspectives section editor) launched a new mass media self-help book series dubbed 20/20 Prudent Leadership based on the leadership style of Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President). The work is the culmination of approximately three years of peer reviewed presentations based on a number of Roosevelt’s prudent conceptual models of communication authenticity. This included a qualitative study and an autoethnography the two had shared at the 2020 Qualitative Report 11th Annual Conference. They did foresee turbulent times in the new 2020 decade. But in this book two excerpt, Migliore and Bean (2020) lament that few could have predicted, “…the full destructive power of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) tsunami that would, in a matter of weeks, swell to pandemic proportions causing death, hardship, and a Global Financial Crisis (GFC) the likes of which we have not seen since the 2008 GFC and The Great Depression of the 1930s” (p. vii).
These excerpts from book two, 20/20 Prudent Leadership: Conversation, Conduct, Character, & COVID-19 (published on April 25th) recounts the prediction in book one (20/20 Prudent Leadership: Your Values) and the new worldwide pandemic reality. “The local, regional, and geo-political events of the blossoming 2020 decade loom prominently but are largely unknown,” (Migliore & Bean, 2020, p. vii). “From China and the Far East, through Asia, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, to Russia, Europe, Israel, Africa, Australia, and South America, no part of our planet was spared its wrath, except Antarctica. Our world has forever changed. And so, the paradigm of the Three Cs (Conversation, Conduct, and Character) for which this installment was predicated upon is more important than ever. For this installment is now punctuated with a Fourth C, the CO for corona, VI for virus, and D for Disease, COVID-19 (CDC, 2020)!” (p. vii)
Each booklet in the series provides a self-help approach for instilling personal authenticity, that is, being true to self during turbulent times to improve decision making and quality life experiences. The series includes engaging contemporary egregious anecdotes from a variety of pop culture, political, Judeo-Christian and other religious, ideological, national and international perspectives, engaging illustrations and a companion website, PrudentLeadership.com to advance personal and professional success. Migliore and Bean maintain humanity stands poised to experience a new type of freedom in the wake of the pandemic, but one based solely on the ability to be healthy─ physically, mentally, and spiritually.
The history of the word prudence and its meaning of interpretation of human behavior is tied to Theodore Roosevelt’s transformational prudent leadership style. Although Theodore Roosevelt braved many unknowns of his first African safari, and when he mapped the River of Doubt, he never faced a pandemic while in office. However. Migliore and Bean agree Theodore Roosevelt would continue to live by his own famous saying, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are at.”
The nine-book series uses key Theodore Roosevelt milestones for release dates throughout 2020 and into 2021 and is based on several theories of self-leadership decision making, including cognitive dissonance (a feeling of anxiety that can grow greater when one takes risks outside the scope of his or her personal beliefs). Tools that can help bolster knowing yourself as well as the introduction of a prudent character (as shown on book cover above) who represents the atomic nature of decision making, are themes throughout the series. Book 1, (ISBN: 9781734780109) 20/20 Prudent Leadership: Your Values and Book 2, (ISBN: 9781734780116) 20/20 Prudent Leadership: Conversation, Conduct, Character, & COVID-19, are available on Amazon in either paperback or a Kindle eBook. Kindle uses a free app compatible with all PC, MAC, tablets, and smartphones. Other forthcoming titles as shown on the PrudentLeadership.com website:
3. 20/20 Prudent Leadership: Who Am I -- May 22nd, 2020
1902 - TR signed legislation making Crater Lake America's 6th National Park
1880 - TR Graduates from Harvard
1906 - Cuban President Tomás Estrada Palma asks Roosevelt to send American troops to Cuba to quell a rebellion which arose from a disputed election
1901 - TR Becomes 26th US President
1858 - TR Birthday
1906 - TR awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1908 - TR designated the Grand Canyon in Northwest Arizona a national monument