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When you understand how the mind works, you can think smarter—and act smarter.

Based on the precepts of cognitive science and drawing on a half century of interdisciplinary studies, Smart Thinking is the first book to reveal a three-part formula that distinguishes Smart Thinking from innate intelligence and shows how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge when you need to get things done.

Beginning with defining the difference between Smart Thinking and innate or raw intelligence, cognitive psychologist Art Markman demonstrates how it is possible to learn Smart Thinking that you can apply to the real world.

This engaging and practical book introduces a three-part formula for Smart Thinking, which demonstrates how anyone can:
• Develop Smart Habits
• Acquire High-Quality Knowledge
• Use High-Quality Knowledge when needed

Smart Thinking explores each part of the Smart Thinking formula and provides:
• An understanding of how the mind works and the means to replace self-limiting habits with those that foster Smart Thinking
• Insights into how memory functions and how to improve the quality of what you learn
• Ways to present new information effectively
• Specific techniques for improving your understanding of how the world works
• The ability to define and solve problems by finding the relevant knowledge from any area of expertise and applying it effectively

Drawing on multiple research disciplines, including psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, neuroscience, learning sciences, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and education, Markman provides insights into the functioning of the mind and synthesizes this understanding into practical tools and exercises that develop new skills and achieve personal goals. The book culminates in tips for creating a Culture of Smart to make everyone in an organization more effective.
In his internationally acclaimed book, Smart Thinking, which examines the gap between innate intelligence and acquired mental skills, Art Markman presented a three-part formula to show readers how to develop “smart habits”, how to acquire high quality knowledge, and how to use that knowledge when it’s needed.

Now, Markman takes his scientifically-based formula one step further to demonstrate the correlation between personality and habits, and the impact of personality and habits on leadership potential and innovation success.

Habits of Leadership explores the "Big 5" personality characteristics -- Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Openness, and Emotional Stability -- as well as other key variables such as person’s ability to acquire and use knowledge or the level of one’s tolerance to risk. Using a unique personality profiler, readers are able to determine their strengths and weaknesses and then apply this understanding to develop smart habits.

Great leaders have key traits that influence their success. People who are Extroverts can serve as effective advocates for ideas. Those who are low in Agreeableness are willing to tell people things that they do not want to hear, and so facilitate open and honest lines of communication. People high in Conscientiousness get things done. They ensure that a project once started is completed.. Those who are high in Openness and are able to acquire and use knowledge through reasoning, intuition, or perception tend to be good change-makers. Their breadth of knowledge allows them to communicate ideas from a wide variety of sources to innovate and solve problems. And leaders possessed of emotional stability have the clear-mindedness and confidence to navigate through any storm.

Individuals who demonstrate these traits and who have developed habits that serve them well, are extraordinary. Yet the potential for greatness is within everyone. Habits of Leadership will show anyone how to develop and use these exceptional gifts.
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