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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun Paperback – February 1, 1990
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About the Author
Dr. Roberts has held senior management positions at major insurance and financial service companies on the West Coast. He served as a major in the U.S. Army where he was assigned for three years to the U.S. Army Combat Arms Training Board. As an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University, Utah State University, and Nova University, Dr. Roberts has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in business, education and psychology. He currently makes his home in Utah, where he writes and lectures on a variety of business and leadership topics.
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I recommend reading this book when you are tired of the same wordy, self complimenting "normal" management book that saturates bookstores. This book will take what little you have learned out of those books and help put it into a context that is useful.
Author Wes Roberts had the clever idea of using Attila the Hun as his way of proposing his secrets of leadership, hence the title, "Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun." It's a formula that worked very well for my colleague but it left me wanting the author to skip the history lesson of Attila at the start of each chapter and get to the point. I felt trampled on by the hooves of simile and overrun on the plains of metaphor.
We are also prone to believe what we learn the first time and challenge what we hear after, if it contradicts the original belief. While the author makes it clear that Attila was the "Scourge of God" it was hard to read him as an intelligent, wise sage, sitting by the camp fire solving the Delphic Oracle of Leadership even though the author makes it clear he didn't. I just couldn't see Attila as one righteous dude. (Couldn't Roberts have used El Cid)?
The book is divided into 16 short chapters on various topics of leadership such as "Attila and the Pope: The Art of Negotiation" or "The Bones of Caravans Past; Lesson Learned." This is a novel approach to learning about principles of leadership, but for me it was like having to eat literary liver, while my colleague was slurping up the raw clams dipped in a savory sauce. I feel that books like these should be to the point, not read as a suspense novel or have Flavius Aetius thrown in for good measure. I started to enjoy the history more than the leadership principles.
This could be your liver or your raw clams.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Made the mistake of thinking this was written by Attila but it's a fake narrative of a chieftan. Was hoping it was a SUn Tzu Art of War type but falls very short.Published 21 days ago by Bakkenshale
I first read this book about 20 years ago and recently gave a Kindle copy to a man who will be a candidate for County Commissioner in Custer County... Read more
Well packaged, delivered on time. Very unusual book, yet, for those involved in the political arena, I consider this a 'must read'...very satisfied. Kent O.Published 3 months ago by Kent Oram
A bit of basic common sense, and a couple of gems. Not the best I've ever read, but pretty good.Published 4 months ago by braingamer47