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Paul Fulton President, Sara Lee Corporation Kotter's insights are remarkable. A Force for Change will be required reading for all our young managers.

William H. Genge Chairman, Ketchum Communications, Inc. John Kotter demythologizes the concept of leadership and clearly distinguishes it from management. In the process, he provides new guidelines for leaders and managers trying to optimize their relationships and effectiveness.

Michael M. Lombardo Center for Creative Leadership The most compelling and incisive description of leadership processes and structures that I've ever seen.

Thomas J. Mithen General Electric Full of powerful, useful ideas that will be of great service to those who have been struggling to define and assess leadership.

Warren R. Wilhelm AMOCO Corporation One not only learns from his book, but is excited by it. The weaving of research results and case examples is extremely effective.

Robert E. Gregory, Jr. President, VF Corporation A Force for Change will be received as the seminal work on the nature and function of leadership.

Irvine 0. Hockaday, Jr. Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards, Inc. There are many echoes but few voices writing about leadership and management these days. John Kotter's is one of those voices. His concepts offer fresh perspectives which hit home with force and endurance.

About the Author

John P. Kotter is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School. He has won McKinsey awards for two Harvard Business Review articles and has received the 1985 Johnson, Smith and Knisely Award for new perspectives on executive leadership. Professor Kotter has achieved international recognition as an expert on leadership in business with his works The General Managers, Power and Influence, and The Leadership Factor, which have been translated into six languages.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029184657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029184653
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Kotter has done a superb job in distinguishing the differences between leadership and management. This is often attempted yet rarely accomplished with such vivid and compelling examples and documented research. If you want to know the differences, get this book....
Another great, easy-to-read, and popular leadership book my company uses successfully for management development and training is strongly recommended: "The Leader's Guide: 15 Essential Skills."
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My advice is to purchase John Kotter's article that this book came out of from the Harvard Business Review. It's title is "What Leaders Really Do: How Leadership Differs From Management". The article covers the subject well enough and I do highly recommend it!! Very Important.
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I purchased this book for research as part of a recent MBA class paper and I was not disappointed. Kotter stands alone in defining the differences between "management" and "leadership". All of the other works that I reviewed (Bennis, "On Becoming a Leader; Bennis and Nanus, "Leaders"; Fiedler, and Follett)use the terms interchangably.
Of equal importance were the specific differences that he cited along with the examination of whether or not leaders were made or born. This is not the classical trait theory approach but is well reasoned and balanced. Lastly, Kotter specifies the type of scenarios which call for leadership competencies.
I recommend this book highly for anyone wanting to understand how leadership truly differs from management and how the two functions interrelate. Other leadership books seem to emphasize examples of great leaders without the research, balance, or depth of Kotter.
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Kotter is a strong advocate for examining the very real differences between management and leadership. This book provides the reader with a series of anecdotes and case studies, as well as charts and graphs discussing and outlining these differences.

The book itself is a decent read, but it was written over 20 years ago. Many of the cases are from the 70's and 80's - and while leadership may transcend time, business does not. The dated examples around management are even more pronounced in their limitation, as e last two decades have seen quantum leaps in management theory and application.

As a used book priced in the cents, it would be a decent value if you are really into the topic. However, if you are looking for a seminal read on leadership, or if you are looking for a really good book addressing 21st century issues, there are many better choices.
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This book, by John Kotter, is very useful in delineating the differences between leadership and management and there are differences! I found it to be interesting and well written with excellent practical information.
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Excellent review of the difference between leadership and management. This is the first of Kotter's books I was exposed to as a young manager. I have always look forward to his next treatise on leading change.
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By J. Hull on January 19, 2010
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This books provides a lot of clarity in discussions of leadership and management that I appreciated. Within this clarity, it begs the reader the questions of "How do I see myself?" and "What position am I currently in and how am I leading or managing?" A great tool for developing people and self-reflection, for growth and better stewardship of people, positions and teams.
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