5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
C. Clinton Sidle finds leadership lessons in psychologist Carl Jung's categorization of human personality into archetypes based on ancient mythological symbols and in Jung's belief that each person travels on a "heroic journey" through life. Sidle adapts these Jungian ideas and the symbol of the wheel to create a paradigm of business leadership that individuals, teams and organizations can use to reach their goals. Because he tries to fit so many concepts into his wheel, readers may feel after a while that they are spinning in circles. Nonetheless, the book is loaded with useful exercises and examples. Although Sidle's approach is esoteric, we recommend it to managers with a spiritual bent who want to develop their leadership qualities and discover a style that suits them.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2006
Highly recommended. Sidle has a unique perspective that blends mythology and ancient wisdom with current business leadership techniques. His philosophical approach hones in on the key psychological traits we must develop to be inspirational leaders. Be forewarned: the writing style is a bit more dense than the average leadership book.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
The premise of this book is that every culture from ancient times until recent have 5 different types of leaders each with their own strengths.
It's really dumb. I think it would be difficult to write a book that has as little insight as this one. The 5 different leadership types might as well be horoscopes. It's all just a bunch of made up stuff about leaders that Sidle claims MUST be true because it's all supposedly found in multiple cultures (which by the way he provides little evidence of other than anecdotes).
I read this book because I was a candidate for a scholarship at Cornell which the author runs. I would not have read this otherwise and I would not recommend it to anyone. It's just silly.
If you want to read a book about leadership read something by Carnegie - at least there's real advice in that one.