..Would you please explain the following in bold in easy English?
1. Mary Lou steps well beyond the not-so-helpful dichotomy of the nature/nurture aspects of leadership to a synthetic model of how one cognitively ticks---the strengths and the weaknesses---to real-world application.
In the above, especially what does "ticks" mean? Like a clock - how one works [a clock ticking shows that it is working].
2. I also thank him for his personal support and patience during this entire project. I cherish the times he brought his work into the study to be quietly close by while I wrote. "He" would bring his own work into the same room and keep the author company as she wrote, keeping quiet as he did so.
Student or Learner