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  • Series: HBR's 10 Must Reads
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422157970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422157978
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance leadership. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $14.13, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials."

Those who authored or co-authored the ten articles in this volume do indeed provide enlightening perspectives on the dimensions of leadership. Some may ask, "Why another book on this subject?" Years ago, a colleague on the faculty at Princeton pointed out to Albert Einstein that he always asked the same questions on his final examination. Why? "Because every year the answers are different." I cannot recall a prior time when changes in the business world were more numerous and occurring faster. Core values and valuable insights that illuminate those values may remain the same but the nature and extent of possible applications of them certainly do not. It remains for each reader of these articles to decide (a) which are most relevant to her or his needs and interests, and (b) how to derive greatest benefit from those selected.

For example:

""I have found that the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It's not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Gladis on May 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I confess to being a Harvard Business Review junkie. In that context, you can evaluate my recommendation for their new series that includes a collection of articles under specific topics like Leadership, Change, and Strategy. Specifically, On Leadership provides the collective wisdom of a gathering of leadership eagles, such as: Daniel Goleman, Peter Drucker, John Kotter, Ronald Heifitz, Warren Bennis and Jim Collins. Each one has significantly advanced the field of leadership. For example, Goleman gave us emotional intelligence; Drucker, the knowledge worker; Kotter, change management; Heifitz, adaptive leadership; and, Collins, good-to-great leadership. So, reading the HBR's newest series is for me like sitting down for a cup of coffee with old, trusted friends who helped build the house I live in every day--leadership.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shefali Dua on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed reading the book. A quote from the book : "Emotional Intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership". Leaders plan ahead and articulate their vision to followers. They aren'(tm)t magicians but broad-based strategic thinkers who are willing to take risks. The knack to find common ground and building a rapport is skill of a true leader.

The authors distinguish between managers as organizer and leaders as visionaries. Both have different roles to play in execution of a strategy. However at wartime, you need a competent leader at each level.

A leader is always focusing on opportunities like:
1.Unexpected success or failure
2.A gap between what and what could be in the market process
3.Innovation
4.Demographics
5.Change in mind sets
6.New technology

Hallmarks of a leader
1.Self-confidence, realistic assessment, sense of humor
2.Trustworthiness and integrity, comfort with ambiguity, open to change
3.Strong drive to achieve
4.Expert in building and retaining talent
5.Persuasiveness

Key Points on developing as leader
1. Know Thyself, Improve self-regulation, Develop empathy and social skills
2.Self-aware people find work to energize & readily admit failures
3.A leader has propensity of reflection and thoughtfulness;
4.A comfort level with ambiguity and change, integrity and ability to say no
5.No leader is an island; Social leader will allow emotional intelligence to work
6.The best opportunities matched to the best people (huge HR operation); Key success for Japanese businesses
7.Level 5 Leadership (Executive) is a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AF on August 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great collection of useful and insightful articles. That said, shame on HBR and Amazon for not paying more attention to the formatting. There is no table of contents, so you cannot see up front what the articles are or navigate easily through them. Furthermore, some of the tables and other inset material is not formatted for the Kindle so it break awkwardly across screens and is hard to bookmark. I expected more from the e-book version. I might just as well have saved myself the money and hunted down the individual articles in PDF format through my employer's library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on April 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
'On Leadership' begins with Daniel Goleman's 'emotional intelligence' article based on research at nearly 200 large, global companies. He found that intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision were, as expected, required for success, but also needed to be accompanied by self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill (emotional intelligence). He defines self-awareness (demonstrated via self-confidence, knowing when to ask for help) as 'the ability to recognize and understand one's moods, emotions, and drives', self-regulation as 'the ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods, and the propensity to think before acting,' motivation as 'a passion to work for reasons that go beyond money/status,' empathy as 'the ability to understand the emotional makeup of others, and skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions, and social-skill as proficiency in managing relationships and building networks.

Credibility for Goleman's findings comes from David McClelland's 1996 study that found that when senior managers had a critical mass of emotional intelligence capabilities, their divisions in a global food and beverage company outperformed yearly earnings goals by 20%, while those lacking that critical mass underperformed by almost the same amount.

Another important article - Drucker's classic on 'What Makes an Effective Executive' - reviewed elsewhere on Amazon. The same with John Kotter's 'What Leaders Really Do' article.

One other that I especially liked - 'Level 5 Leadership' by Jim Collins. He contends that having an executive with genuine personal humility and intense professional will is rare, but invaluable. Darwin Smith, former CEO of Kimberly-Clark serves as an exemplar for Collins. Ken Iverson (Nucor) and others are also summarized.
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