From Ghana to the World Stage

Kofi Annan: Personality and Decision Making

By Dr. Jean Krasno

In studying Kofi Annan's personality and its influence on his decision making, I begin with an examination of his early years that shaped the formation of his personality, beginning with the social and cultural context of his family growing up in Ghana around the time of Ghana's independence from colonial rule, and continuing through his adult personality formation.

*This article is adapted from a chapter I wrote on Kofi Annan for: Personality, Political Leadership, and Decision Making: A Global Perspective, Jean Krasno and Sean LaPides, editors, Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2015.


Portrait of Secretary-General Kofi ANNAN.