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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446674257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446690461
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When America aspired to break free from Britain, the real-life David-and-Goliath situation required that a full-blown cadre of dynamic leaders arise immediately from the revolutionary populace. As history shows, it did. Now, Donald T. Phillips--writer, speaker, and mayor of Fairview, Texas--uses those events to suggest ways that today's businesspeople can likewise overcome tough odds and achieve success. Goal-setting, communication, and risk-taking, Phillips writes in The Founding Fathers on Leadership: Classic Teamwork in Changing Times, are just a few of the traits to be learned by studying Washington, Jefferson, and their colleagues. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Plumbing the depths of history for insight and inspiration is a common practice in management and leadership books, with varying success, as these two titles illustrate. Dunnigan, the author of over a dozen war-related books (e.g., Digital Soldiers, LJ 10/1/96), and software executive Masterson review the business practices and techniques of 12 famous military leaders?Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Edward III, Gustavus Adolphus, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Ulysses Grant, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf. Chapters, arranged by leader, include a brief, all-too-casual biography of each, followed by the challenges they faced and the solutions they enacted. Opening and closing chapters try to put the techniques described into a modern perspective, but many of the solutions offered, such as the ruthlessness of Genghis Khan, should have no place in today's corporate culture. Phillips (Lincoln on Leadership, Warner, 1992) uses such Revolutionary War figures as Washington, Jefferson, Paine, Franklin, and John Adams to illuminate concepts of management. Unlike Dunnigan and Masterson, he organizes his chapters by theme, e.g., "Inspire the Masses," "Build Strong Alliances"?using these historical figures and their words where appropriate to illustrate a point. Phillips also provides a bibliography for further reading. While Dunnigan and Masterson's work is not recommended, academic and large public libraries should consider Phillips.?Michael R. Leach, Harvard Univ.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I was inspired after listening to the book on CD.
"modestominnesota"
It is much easier to inspire movement of masses during a crisis situation that in a time of relative peace.
RafAnna
Very well written and easy to read, and after each chapter there is a good recap for quick recall.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rick Josey on January 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
WOW...Get this book! I bought it for the leadership principles, and got caught up in the American Revolution! Phillips shows how Washington, Paine, Franklin, Madison, and the other American heroes plotted and executed the revolution-against all odds. How they set their goals, inspired the masses, turned cowardice into courage, and forged a team of patriots that withstood British onslaughts, freezing weather, and a host of other obstacles that would have stopped normal men in their tracks. But these were not normal men! They were inspired LEADERS-dedicated to the cause of freedom. And they used every leadership principle imaginable to pull off their revolution. Find out HOW they did it! If you want to become a leader in your business, community, or church, read this book! If you want to fall in love with your country, buy a copy of The Founding Fathers On Leadership-and be prepared to order more copies for your friends!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while learning a great deal from it as Phillips examines the lives and recorded thoughts of those who, "individually and collectively, stepped forward to lead the way" to creating an entirely new nation. "They did so, in part, because they realized from profound change spring new opportunities -- and this was a time when there would be a chance for them to make something happen." Why did their leadership prevail? "Because they understood human nature, they knew that major change is more evolution than revolution; that tyranny and dictatorship are contradictory to the rights of the individual; and that leadership, in and of itself, is actually in harmony with human nature."

After an especially well-written Introduction, Phillips organizes his material within four Parts: Preparing for the Revolution, Mobilizing and Motivating, Winning the War, and finally, After the Revolution. At the beginning of each of the book's 15 chapters, he identifies "team leaders" who personify the qualities of leadership examined in that chapter; then at the end of each chapter, he provides a summary of key points, "The Founding Fathers on Leadership." Phillips is perhaps most eloquent when, in the Epilogue, he observes: "Clearly the founding fathers cleverly and shrewdly designed democracy to foster the art and process of leadership. And in the final analysis, the principles of leadership are nothing less than the principles of humanity: treating people with respect and dignity; raising awareness; creating a vision and involving others; bonding together through alliances and teamwork; risking all; learning from mistakes; refusing to lose; inspiring rather than coercing; listening; compromising; caring; ever changing and ever achieving.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rod Miller on July 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A mentor recommended this book so I picked it up primarily to please him and maybe pick up a few pointers along the way. WOW! Donald T. Phillips has told the story of the American Revolution from a fresh and exciting perspective. I could hardly put the book down. He made it come alive to me as never before. Although I enjoy politics, I had not viewed the events of our history from any point of view other than "What do I need to know about this to PASS THE TEST?!"
You will find this book an INSPIRING GUIDEBOOK if you enjoy history and are an aspiring leader.
I gained an appreciation for the all of our country's founding fathers as it relates to leadership traits that the history textbooks seem to overlook. And prior to reading this book, if asked about George Washington, I would have simply said he was the first president or a founding father of our country. But now, I would talk about this amazing man and how he led a relatively small band of rebels, against nearly insurmountable odds, to win independence from Great Britian, the world's strongest economic and mightiest military force in their day. I would be able to recite what specific leadership traits he possessed that won what may be the greatest achievement of all time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Donald Phillips has produced an outstanding work which clearly shows the integrity of the Founding Fathers -- integrity critical to any leaderhsip success. The leaders depicted in this book were willing to give of themselves to insure the success of the mission. To them the mission and the integrity of the process and the product were far more important than any individual.
The leadership depictded in this work stands in sharp contrast to the leadership we see exhibited in our government today -- and beckonds us back to the principles of our Nation's birth -- to be worthy, once again, of the rich blessings endowed upon her by our Creator.
This is a must book for every person seeking the path to effective and moral leadership success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Phillips' book is an excellent read for understanding how the founding fathers led in our country's early history and how we can apply these concepts today.
Among the interesting points Phillips covers include:
1. Being a team leader and member.
2. Turning a positive into a negative.
3. Be a learner and refuse to lose.
4. Leaders are risk-takers and change agents.
5. Leaders must understand human nature.
6. Leaders create a favorable culture and climate.
7. Excellent leaders are persistent and follow through.
8. Spend time in the field with the troops.
Read and understand that leadership principles that worked in the early history of the U.S. still work today!
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Best-selling author Don Phillips brings history alive with crisp compelling prose and historical accuracy. His trilogy on American leadership (The Founding Fathers on Leadership, Lincoln on Leadership, Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership) continues to win worldwide acclaim. His first book, Lincoln on Leadership, helped pave the way toward the creation of an entire new genre of books on historical leadership. Currently in its 23rd printing, it has been translated into seven languages.