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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership (with featured article What Makes an Effective Executive, by Peter F. Drucker) Paperback – January 3, 2011
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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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Harvard Business Review Press is a leading global book publisher and a division of the Harvard Business Review Group. HBR Press publishes for the general, professional, and academic markets on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, and management. Recent bestselling titles include Playing to Win, A Sense of Urgency, Conscious Capitalism, The First 90 Days, and HBR Must Reads on Leadership. For more information, please visit hbr.org/books.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
""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.Read more ›
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
5.Change in mind sets
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MUST read for anyone who desires self-understanding and self-improvement. Not just for leaders (not such a great title as people may think it won't apply to everyone). Read morePublished 20 days ago by M'Belle
I ordered this book for a class that I'm taking and it is a very easy read. It's broken up into different articles by various authors which provides a lot of variety and insight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jana Martin
I read the first article in this series and I had to ask myself, who do they think they're feeding this ish to? Obviously the little people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A.M.D.G.