Leadership gurus Tichy (Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will
) and Bennis (On Becoming a Leader
) examine the critical role judgment plays in effective leadership. Calling judgment the essence of leadership, they identify three judgment domains that can undermine any leader's success—people, strategy and crisis—and explore such challenges as selecting the top team, CEO succession, and crisis as a leadership development opportunity. The good news: even if one isn't born with good judgment, it can be learned. To sustain it, a leader must have character, courage and clear standards, especially when facing obstacles. For example, Jim McNerney, who became CEO of Boeing when it was amid a Justice Department investigation, developed a story line—or Teachable Point of View—that created and reinforced a theme of high ethical standards, bringing about a new partnership with Boeing's stakeholders. Additional real-world examples from Royal Dutch Shell, Proctor & Gamble and General Electric illustrate critical points of both good and bad judgment. Easy-to-read charts, lists and matrices reinforce key points. Particularly useful is the final Handbook for Leadership Judgment focusing on the practical level. This engaging and thorough work should be mandatory reading for executives and managers at all levels. (Nov. 8)
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This is an instant classic that will be read and consulted by leadersand those who seek to become leadersfor years to come.
Richard D. Parsons, chairman and CEO, Time Warner
Great calls deserve a comparable book to explain them, and now we have one. Read, learn, enjoy.
George P. Shultz, former United States secretary of state
The leadership judgment framework is a tool leaders can use to develop the ability in their executive teams. This book can benefit anyone who is in or aspires to be in a leadership role.
Dieter Zetsche, chairman, DaimlerChrysler
Judgment, from two of the most respected thought leaders of our times, is a blueprint, a gift to leaders of the future.
Frances Heselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader Institute, and founding president, Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management
Tichy and Bennis write with clarity and good sense. You can hang your hat on the authors understanding of good judgment and its role in effective leadership.
Jeff Kindler, chairman and CEO, Pfizer
Judgment is a singular achievement. Its just the right blend of management wisdom and leadership action. Howard Schultz, founder and chairman, Starbucks
Judgment is an enjoyable read illuminating key judgments made by some of Americas foremost business leaders. David W. Heleniak, vice chairman, Morgan Stanley
This is as close to a definitive book on leadership as one can pray for.
Amitai Etzioni, author of My Brothers Keeper
I am a raving fan of both Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis. In this important book they give a crash course on judgment, revealing the tools great leaders use to make the right calls at the right time.
Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level
< [It] is about how leaders put the energy into vision and strategy. . . . absorbing.
Sisdemenore- Edward A. Snyder, dean, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
If you were to read only one book this year on leadership, this would be it.
Vijay Govindarajan, professor of International Business, Tuck School at Dartmouth