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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439197741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439197745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It’s easy to dispense advice about how leaders should direct and motivate their people. It’s much harder to have actually done these things yourself, and to be able to describe, in highly useful terms, how the best leaders harness their own energy, and energize and direct the talents of others to achieve superior performance. Rajeev Peshawaria’s simple but powerful methods, derived from many years of training and developing leadership skills in premier companies on three continents, provide an essential roadmap for managers at every organizational level.” (Steve Kerr, the former Chief Learning Officer and a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and author ofReward Systems: Does Yours Measure Up?)

“Rajeev Peshawaria’s Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders beautifully presents the underlying dynamics of what it takes to be a great leader. Leadership is a special talent that goes far beyond just being a boss, and he shows that deciding to develop that talent is a critical choice. By illuminating key features of human nature, and by respecting the organization as a living system, Peshawaria provides a clear path to becoming an extraordinary leader who gets impressive results, who brings out the best in others, and who lives a life full of joy, energy, and meaning . Very inspiring reading!” (George Kohlrieser, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, IMD and author of Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Per)

"The fascinating aspect of Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders is that it is much less a 'how to' and much more a 'why' exploration of leadership, going deeply into the subject in a manner I have not seen before. Instead of preaching on the topic, as most of the other books do, he takes readers along a personal journey on a quest for leadership, uncovering the key elements of character, fortitude, processes and practices that will enable them to discover the leadership in themselves. This is a must read book because it is as much about kindling the intellect as it is about igniting the leadership passion in everyone." (Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Vice President, Human Resources, GE Aviation)

"Rajeev Peshawaria brings together a myriad of case studies and examples- from Toyota-GM to Mahatma Gandhi- to address an issue that will separate tomorrow's winning organizations from the losers." (Navin Agarwal, Executive Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc.)

"Rajeev Peshawaria brings together a myriad of case studies and examples- from Toyota-GM to Mahatma Gandhi- to address an issue that will separate tomorrow's winning organizations from the losers."—Navin Agarwal, Executive Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc.

"Very rarely is a leadership expert also a business leader himself, a teacher and consultant to the most admired corporations in the world, a brilliant thinker, and a great author. Mr. Peshawaria is one of those rare individuals. Anyone truly interested in the art, science, and psychology of leadership will be enriched by this very insightful and pragmatic book." (Dr. Anthony F. Smith, Cofounder and Managing Director of Leadership Research Institute and best- selling author of The Taboos of Leadership and ESPN: The Company)

“RajeevPeshwaria provides simple but powerful insights about the difference betweenleading and managing. His RED framework is a terrific approach to understandingthe principles and actions that make the difference between leading and simply managing.” (A. Salman Amin, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, PepsiCo)

“Ina sea of leadership guides, this new offering rises to the top with itsgripping insights that will inspire reflection and action in leaders and managersat all levels…Peshawaria's book ought to become required reading for allbusiness people--from students to executives.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

"Peshawaria defines leadership with hands-on directives for managers andentrepreneurs...Accompaniedby charts and bulleted points, the author's clear-cut prose moves readersthrough the organizational structure...of asuccessful business model...Peshawaria’s examples and solid advice will help leaders lay the foundationfor company growth." (Kirkus)

About the Author

Rajeev Peshawaria has worked in leadership development for leading corporations including Morgan Stanley, Coca-Cola, and American Express. He is the author of Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has produced several Audie Award–winning audiobooks. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company, and his television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Third Watch.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Rajeev is currently CEO of the ICLIF Leadership & Governance Centre (http://www.iclif.org) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which provides executive education, advisory services and executive coaching to professionals and board directors in Asia, Middle East and Africa. He has lived in thirteen cities in seven countries, and has provided learning, coaching and consulting services extensively across the globe. Rajeev has extensive global experience in all aspects of Human Capital Management, with particular focus in the areas of Leadership Development, Organization Effectiveness, Performance Management, Succession Planning, and Learning & Development. He also specializes in coaching and facilitating senior management teams in their efforts to streamline Business Strategy, Organizational Architecture, and Culture.

Prior to joining ICLIF in April 2010, Rajeev spent twenty-two years at blue chip corporations: American Express, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, and Morgan Stanley. In his most recent corporate position as the Chief Learning Officer and Head of Talent Management at Morgan Stanley, he founded Morgan Stanley University, a globally integrated learning and consulting hub within the firm. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he was the Chief Learning Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, where he created and headed Coca-Cola University. At both companies, Rajeev worked closely with senior management teams to grow and/or streamline their businesses.

During his time at Goldman Sachs, Rajeev was one of the founding members of the Pine Street Group, Goldman's famed leadership development program. He was head of Pine Street for Europe and Asia, and the global head of the Leadership Advisory Services practice.

At American Express, Rajeev held several positions over the span of twelve years, finally ending his tenure there as the global director of Leadership Development programs. Rajeev began his career as a currency trader at American Express and HSBC, before recognizing his talent for leadership education and coaching, a revelation he discusses in TOO MANY BOSSES, TOO FEW LEADERS.

Rajeev earned an MBA from Webster University, Vienna, Austria, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay, India, in Commerce & Economics.

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One of the best books I have read on leadership.
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An amazing and inspirational leadership story, in an outstanding book.
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This book is so well written that I breezed through it in no time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rlweaverii on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.

I am totally unfamiliar with Peshawaria, but his short biography on the back flyleaf is impressive: [He is] "currently the Chief Executive Officer of the ICLIF Leadership & Governace Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was a founding member of Goldman Sachs's leadership development program called Pine Street and served as Chief Learning Officer for Morgan Stanley and the Coca-Cola Company as well as Global Director of Leadership Development programs at American Express." That kind of a background is impressive and proves that Peshawaria has experience to share with readers.

I liked this book for the way Peshawaria writes and for the wonderful examples he uses throughout the book. I loved his three essential principles: 1) clearly define your purpose and your values, 2) nobody can motivate another person because every individual comes premotivated, and 3) a leader's job is to create the conditions that will galvanize the energy of others to facilitate sustainable collective success (pp. xvi-xviii).

I am not suggesting that this book is full of revelations or new discoveries, because it is not. It is definitely for beginning leaders because the stories here are motivational, encouraging, and certainly full of useful (for beginning leaders) insights and observations. I loved the author's own personal experiences, and I believe his advice is spot on. With a background like his (see paragraph one above), you would not only expect but respect his additional personal experiences.

Peshawaria writes directly to the reader: "As you read about these real features in more detail below, consider one more key point about employee motivation" (p. 5).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By theschwartspot on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders, Rajeev Peshawaria pulls off a combination that is tough to achieve in a book on leadership. Not only does he manage to find outstanding examples of leaders, but he presents their stories and the learning that comes out of them in a fresh and powerful way. He provides both concrete tools for understanding and honing leadership skills in general as well as inspiration and encouragement that leadership is not necessarily ingrained in the DNA but something that we can learn and foster.

While many of the leadership profiles are those of high profile corporate executives, Peshawaria has also managed to uncover and highlight some outstanding examples of leadership in off-beat circles. I particularly was amazed and impressed by the leadership story of Maura Costin Scalise, who was the Harvard Swimming Coach for the women's team and through her outstanding leadership ability achieved a virtually unbelievable turnaround in the Harvard Women's Swimming program. The takeaway -- it didn't come down to needing a bigger budget, better technology, better training facility, or the usual reasons cited for poor performance. Maura Costin Scalise took a poor performing team and made them outstanding through her own leadership abilities and talent for bringing out the best in those around her.

An amazing and inspirational leadership story, in an outstanding book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 20, 2011
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Leadership is not about competency models, personality traits or formulas - it is about having the lasting energy to stay true to your vision for positive change even in the face of the most powerful resistance, according to Rajeev Peshawaria in this book. Superior leadership requires incredible amounts of emotional energy.

The three core principles of leadership proposed by the author are:

* Staying focused comes from maintaining your personal energy, and sustaining energy comes only from a clear understanding of your purpose and your values.
* To enlist and energise other key influencers, you need to understand and meet their expectations about their Role, Environment and Development.
* As a leader your job is to galvanise the energy of others to facilitate sustainable collective success.

The three leadership activities which provide the most leverage to an organisation are:

* Brains: Setting direction, with a compelling vision and clearly differentiated strategy
* Bones: Designing the organisation, with top quality talent, supporting systems and structures
* Nerves: Creating a culture of excellence, with compensation aligned with cultural philosophy and teamwork

In my opinion this is an outstanding leadership book. Many leadership books identify the attributes and activities of a leader, but this book identifies a key ingredient which is often missing from textbook analyses: the importance of the energy emanating from the leader and how to cultivate it. The anecdotes related by the author make the book enjoyable to read, and I would recommend it to anyone who holds or aspires to a senior leadership position in an organisation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DD on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is so well written that I breezed through it in no time. Everything the author described as why a workplace is not operating at maximum capacity is so true at my workplace. If only the managers incorporated what the author discusses here, most of us would want to do more work than is required of us.

My favorite part of the book are the examples of exceptional leaders and they discuss what motivated them to be who they are. This book has helped me be honest about what I want out of life and to grow intellectually.
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