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On Becoming a Leader 4th Edition
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The book then goes on to further elaborate on each of the areas highlighted above. The key differentiator between this and other leadership books is that this one promotes unleashing leadership from within, rather than describe what a person should strive to be. To me, this is the only way to develop sustainable authentic leaders. Another area of focus is that of experience. Warren stresses the importance of experience as the primary and ultimate development vehicle for leaders. Education is all its forms is important - but does not substitute the need for experience whether successes or failures. The book brings to life all of the aspects discussed through the stories of many successful leaders from a variety of sectors.
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Especially the beginning where the author tediously paints a bleak picture of the moral state of the U.S. ostensibly to convince the reader of the leadership vacuum of the current time.
Also, the author simplistically proclaims certain historical figures leaders and other not. For example, he calls JFK a leader, and Clinton not. The difference being Clinton's moral failings. This seems to ignore JFK's record of philandering and opioid dependence.
Using phrases like "new economy" makes the book sounded dated at times.
That aside, I think there are some gems for the patient reader or those who can skim effectively.
The format becomes a bit tedious, and some of the examples he uses are very weak in making his point about leadership. He seems fixated on the idea of reinvention, and that one must reinvent himself in order to truly find himself and thus truly be a leader. He gives the impression that only those who suffered sad, insular childhoods are good leaders because they've developed an inner strength and sense of self upon which to draw. People who have relatively easily assimilated into society and a profession are, in contrast, just living out the desires of their parents and society and so they are not truly expressing themselves or deploying themselves to the fullest. This part of the argument is a bit over the top.
The other part of the book that comes off the rails is when he essentially asserts that any education other than a liberal arts one is devoid of creativity and a waste of your time. But don't worry all you doctors, engineers, scientists...there's hope for you because you can still learn the arts on your own to unlock your true creativity. This is obviously complete nonsense, and I'm surprised it made it through editing. Creating novel, elegant solutions to problems in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are some of the most creative feats of human history. To cast them aside as useless compared to courses in art history is incredibly myopic.
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