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Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Hardcover – November 16, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470405007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470405000
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Drucker on Leadership

“Cohen has written with clarity and authority about the major challenges facing leaders today. And Cohen, like Drucker, emphasizes responsibility and integrity in leadership, qualities so desperately needed today. I strongly recommend this book to you.” 

Joseph A. Maciariello, Horton Professor of Management, Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and coauthor (with Peter Drucker), The Daily Drucker and Management by Peter F. Drucker

“Cohen’s unique relationship with Peter Drucker, as student and friend, allows him to extract valuable leadership lessons from Drucker’s writings and teachings on management. Cohen’s ‘labor of love’ provides the essential lessons for leaders straight from the Father of Modern Management.” 

Ronald E. Riggio, director, Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College

“For those who aspire to lead—and we need a new generation of Drucker-like leaders in organizations in every country around the world—Bill Cohen distills the essential leadership lessons from the world’s greatest management thinker.”

—Ira A. Jackson, dean and professor of management, Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

“Through a blend of anecdote and analysis, Bill Cohen has given us great insight into Peter Drucker’s thinking on leadership—an aspect of Drucker’s work that many have misconstrued or overlooked altogether. This is a new prism through which to view Drucker and, as such, a valuable contribution to the field.”

Rick Wartzman, executive director, The Drucker Institute

“What Cohen learned as Peter Drucker’s student, and their personal relationship afterwards, changed Bill’s life. Reading Drucker on Leadership will change the way you look at and apply leadership forever.”

Bruce Rosenstein, author, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life

About the Author

William Cohen, Ph.D., president of the Institute of Leader Arts, was the first graduate of Drucker’s executive Ph.D. program. About him, Drucker wrote: “My colleagues on the faculty and I learned at least as much as we could teach him.” Cohen served as major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has held executive positions in several companies, and was president of two universities. He is the author of many management books, including The Art of the Leader and A Class With Drucker.

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More About the Author

William A. Cohen, Ph.D. (Pasadena, CA) is an authority on leadership and strategy formulation and deployment. He gives speeches and seminars for the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Air War College, the FBI Academy, all four armed services, and corporations from Boeing to The Cheesecake Factory. He is the author of many books including The New Art of the Leader, The Wisdom of the Generals , and How to Make It Big as a Consultant (978-0-8144-7073-2).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Igor Skapinker on July 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I started reading this book I thought that the author wrote about Drucker's view on the leadership and how Drucker's opinion on this subject changed over the years and why. I agree that in the book the author accurately illustrated a lot of Drucker's ideas on leadership.

As the author was Drucker's student, I expected to find in this book not only Drucker's thoughts and opinions from his books, but also those from his classes, from meeting with him, etc. However, later in the book I found more and more places, in which the author wrote his opinions on some subjects, his own insights, his own theories (rather than Drucker's) and sometimes even some basic business concepts which were unrelated to the main purpose of this book.

For example, marketing. Author tries to make a parallel between marketing and leadership, but he provides much more information about marketing than needs to be in the book on leadership. Although he in several places briefly mentions Drucker, these chapters look like author's thoughts rather than Drucker's.

With all due respect to the author, I think he wrote too much about the army and the leadership in the army from his experience and from his perspective rather than from Drucker's. I would prefer to read his book about that topic, but it should be a book different from this one. Otherwise, there is a disconnect between the title of the book and its content.

I would consider this book as a brief overview of Drucker's ideas and would strongly recommend to read Drucker's books for more insights.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Those who have read William Cohen's previously published memoir, A Class with Drucker, already know that he is uniquely and abundantly qualified to discuss someone widely regarded as "the father of modern management." (Peter Drucker would have been dismayed and perhaps irritated by the appellation. Throughout his life, he referred to himself as a "student," a "bystander," or as "an observer.") Drucker was William Cohen's professor "in probably the first executive PhD program in management in academic history" from 1975 until 1979 and Cohen was the first graduate of this program at what was then the Claremont Graduate School. His classes with Drucker met once a week, beginning at 4:30 PM and resumed after a dinner break, continuing until at least 10 PM but sometimes later. These were lecture courses without use of notes but Drucker, a master of the Socratic method of teaching, encouraged Q&A exchanges with students. ("In answering a question he might go off in an unexpected direction which seemingly had nothing to do with the question asked. Before you knew it, he was giving a lecture within a lecture.") He attracted so many students that his classes met in the largest room available. He used the same textbook for all his classes (Management: Tasks, Responsibilities and Practices) and never used a teaching assistant to grade for him. During the dinner break, instructors and students from various classes gathered at an open bar and then dinner in the Faculty Club. Cohen occasionally found himself seated with a group that included Drucker.Read more ›
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