U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower Psychohistory

About the U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, history and a psychological analysis or psychohistory.

34th President



The third of seven sons, Ike learned early the importance of getting along with those around him. In their little house in Abilene, the entire Eisenhower family was crowded into just 818 sq. ft. of floor space; and from adolescence on, Ike's style of leadership always emphasized teamwork and cooperation. In his Memoirs, Eisenhower recalls the Halloween when he was 10. His mother said he was too young to join his older brothers trick-or-treating, and young Ike became so furious that he pounded his fists bloody against a tree trunk. Later, his mother bandaged his hands and taught the boy that in his willfulness, he had hurt only himself. As Eisenhower recalled the scene some 60 years later, he wrote: "I have always looked back on that conversation as one of the most valuable moments of my life." As an adult, Ike never demanded--and never expected--to get exactly what he wanted. His long commitment to football, and later to the army, further confirmed this tendency to function as a "team player" who valued harmony above all else. It was precisely this aspect of his personality that made him invaluable in his role as Allied Commander in W.W. II, but it later drew fire from critics who wanted a more dynamic leader as president of the U.S. Eisenhower, however, stubbornly defended his passive view of the president's role. "You do not lead by hitting people over the head," he said.

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