"Kings, heads of government, and corporate executives have control over thousands of people and endless resources, but often do not have mastery over themselves. From a distance, larger-than-life leaders may look firmly in control of their businesses and their personal behavior. What about up close? Personal mastery is a difficult thing."from Chapter One
Leaders know what they should be doing, so why aren't they doing it? When a leader knows the preferable behavior, why stick to an old pattern and fail to perform as desired? The answer is that each of us has two selves: one self is thoughtful, circumspect, and rational (the inner executive), and the other self is habit bound, impulsive, and emotion driven (the inner elephant). In this groundbreaking book, leadership expert Richard Daft reveals how leaders can recognize the two parts of themselves and learn to calm down, train, and guide their inner elephant toward the desired successful behavior.
Inner excellence means removing the personal flaw that is holding you back as a leadersuch as procrastination, avoiding confrontation, a short attention span, perfectionism, tactless remarks, weak resolve, overreacting, criticizing, chasing the wrong gratifications, or not following though. This important book is filled with lessons for leaders on resolving the inner struggle between impulse and self-discipline, between blind reaction and big picture wisdom. Dozens of proven exercises will empower you to direct yourself and others more productively. With a little practice, your inner executive will learn to choose correctactions rather than let your unwantedbehaviors have their way.
Through compelling real-life coaching examples of dramatic personal changes, along with recent findings in psychology, management, neuroscience, and Eastern spirituality, Richard Daft provides guidance to all of us who want to follow our best intentions when leading ourselves and others.
I really enjoyed the practicality of this book. I was able to implement many of the exercises as I progressed through the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leon Beresford
There are a myriad of self help books. Yet, this one stands out, not only for the memorable analogy of the competing selves within us to an executive and an elephant, but also the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ServantofGod
It is interesting that most of teachings in the above work are well-known, but the author examines them quite clearly with full of convincing examples. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alexandre Winkler
Es probablemente el mejor libro de no ficción que ha pasado por mi vista en los últimos 20 años. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Gmo Buelna
This book is for everyone, not just managers or so-called leaders. Anyone wanting to advance their attitute, their higher self, and their ability to do things that count will gain... Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by J, Retired Scientist
The Executive and The Elephant is a book written to leaders aiming to not only help them identify problems they personally have in leadership but to teach how to resolve those... Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Lindy Abbott
Understanding and mastering the concepts in this book can help you become a better leader, a better employee, a better friend but doesnt do much for your golf game. Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by EBH
With the help of this book you can achieve all of the above and more.
Simply put, the Executive and the Elephant is a "must read" for those seeking to become more... Read more
I was skeptical about reading a book which seems less technical than my usual reading list, however after reading the cover synopsis and just flipping through the book I realized... Read morePublished on August 20, 2010 by Anca