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.
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 4 months ago by Hari S. Nair
Davis Gergen has outdone himself in writing up his experiences in various administrations but particularly the Reagan administration. Read morePublished 8 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 8 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 8 months ago by Kyle Dranchak
great stories and insights to what goes on behind the scenes in American politic from someone who has been there; fair, balanced and well written!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was a fan of David Gergen from his analysis on CNN, without knowing a great deal of his work history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Howells
Well written and just a great read.
Eyewitness to power, what a story and what a life.
Would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the tricks of... Read more
it was in good shape, and it makes for very interesting insight into one of this planets most exclusive and powerful institutions.Published 17 months ago by Michael McCoy
After watching David Gergen on various panels on CNN, I view him as a voice of wisdom, experience, and moderation. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lora F.