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The authors, Harvard Business School academics, offer profiles from their exhaustive study of the greatest business leaders of the twentieth century. Leadership arises from knowledge and appreciation of one's economic, social, and political situation in the world, and we learn about "contextual intelligence," or the understanding of how to make sense of one's time and to seize the opportunities it presents. Mayo and Nohira classify great business chiefs as entrepreneurs, those who create businesses; managers, those expert at taking advantage of every opportunity; and leaders, those who reinvent industries and see new opportunities in them. With the book's organization by each decade of the twentieth century, we learn the importance of such legends as Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Ray Kroc, Jack Welsh, Estee Lauder,^B Ted Turner, Lee Iacocca, and Lou Gerstner Jr. Recognition is also given to "unsung heroes," the large corps of nameless team members who provide support. Although written in a textbook manner, the book offers valuable insight into business excellence. Mary Whaley
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Very useful book - I've read others like this, and I feel this one did a better job at weaving context and continuity. Read morePublished 20 months ago by lilcreative
I expected that a book on business leadership published by the Harvard Business School would be solid reading and I was anticipating the traditional 10 Best with honorable... Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by johnjhogan
I recently read Paths to Power, co-authored by Anthony Mayo and Nitin Nohria with Laura G. Singleton, as well as this book in which Mayo and Nohria also focus on some of the... Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by Robert Morris
This is an important read beyond the standard insights of Collins, Charan and others. The historical settings of each leader are detailed to set the traits and skills of each... Read morePublished on August 10, 2007 by Lightyearscapes