by Patrick Fearon-Hernandez, CFA | PDF
Xi Jinping. Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin. Ronald Reagan. Nelson Mandela. When it comes to understanding geopolitics, most of us probably focus on the powerful, visionary leaders who can drive events forward toward their goals. But few of us really try to think systematically about the characteristics that make a leader successful or the tactics he or she can use to shape the world. This report offers a framework for assessing foreign leaders’ power and prospects, based on a recent book on the science of influence. We show some of the ways we analyze political leaders’ ability to affect the geopolitical environment and, therefore, global investment prospects. The concepts discussed may even be useful in other aspects of life, from marketing to career development or personal relationships.