What makes this volume rise above the mountain of books on leadership (usually written for executives) is its spot-on observations about the way Washington works, drawn from years of experience: "Republicans like hierarchy and order; they're not like Democrats, as I saw later on, who thrive on chaos and creativity"; the Nixon view of Watergate "was the same as the Victorians had of adultery: the sin was not in the doing of it but in getting caught"; "In most institutions, the power of a leader grows over time. A CEO, a university president, the head of a union, acquire stature through the quality of their long-term performance. The presidency is just the opposite: power tends to evaporate quickly."
Gergen concludes by describing the seven leadership qualities a great president must have: personal integrity, a sense of mission, the ability to persuade, the ability to work with other politicians, a strong start after inauguration, skilled advisers, and the ability to inspire. Those traits, of course, will serve people well from all walks of life--and Eyewitness to Power will appeal not just to readers interested in the presidency but to anyone occupying a position of responsibility (or interested in getting there). --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
David Gergen is an interesting person in American politics as one who basically comes from the Republican side of the equation, but was prepared to join the Clinton White House... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karlis Streips
Great read. Allows one to reflect on areas that one needs to improve if one aspires a leadership role.Published 4 months ago by Cardo R. Martinez
I would say that the lessons in this book are pertinent for all people entering leadership positions. A really good read.Published 5 months ago by Christian Kyamatare
David Gergen provides important insights into leadership. He was worked for several Presidents and has observed what creates successful leaders. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
Eyewitness takes you through ups and downs in corridors of power in bygone era, essence of which resonates even now, and giving us lasting benefits.Published 13 months ago by Hari Nair
Davis Gergen has outdone himself in writing up his experiences in various administrations but particularly the Reagan administration. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JD
For the reader of presidential histories, be sure and enjoy this insightful book. Dozens of books have been and will continue to be written about the administrations of Presidents... Read morePublished 17 months ago by V. L. Wilson
Phenomenal book. Gergen does a great job and provides excellent insight on some key attributes to be a successful leader.Published 17 months ago by Kyle Dranchak