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Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus by [Roberto, Michael A.]
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  • File Size: 5320 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 2 edition (May 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CM9V826
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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the second edition of a book first published in 2005. In my review of that edition, I noted a strong recurring theme: "leaders must strive for a delicate balance of assertiveness and restraint." One challenge is to be able to do either effectively. Another, greater challenge is to know when each approach should be taken. In this context, Michael Roberto has much of value to say about great leaders as great teachers: "They prepare to decide just as teachers prepare to teach. They have a plan, but they adapt as the decision-making process unfolds. Great leaders do not have all the answers, but they remain firmly in control of the process through which their organizations discover the best answers to the toughest problems."

Why a second edition? Roberto: "This new edition includes the findings from new research by me and other scholars around the world. It also incorporates what I have learned through the development and delivery of leadership development programs at many companies around the world. You will see new examples, case studies, and research findings throughout the book." Of course, a book published eight years ago was probably written 9-12 years ago. So much has happened in the global business world since then. Also, Roberto has presumably received substantial feedback from those who have read the book as well as from others who have participated in the aforementioned leadership development programs.

Many years ago, one of Albert Einstein's Princeton colleagues playfully chided him for asking the same questions each year on his final examinations. Einstein replied, "Quite right. Each year, the answers are different.
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Self analysis, looking at your own faults and trying to improve your self to be more useful to the society is my favorite. Author has beautifully illustrated moral courage, sense of propriety and desire to excel. It is very easy to say yes. It requires some courage to say no. Any great leader, even if he does not admit it or like it , likes to have people who can say no. Only tyrant will have yes man surrounding him. Good reading
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Required textbook. It is really insightful regarding preventing further toxic work environments, and how to prevent them as leaders, and promote healthy candid conflict.
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I had to have this book for my change management course. It wasn't that bad. I liked the other book that I had to read better, but I found this book ok too. It was an easy flow book
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However, I would expect more real life examples and ways to translate the theory into reality
Overall, a food reading book, but needs some adding
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I found many concepts very insightful and useful for me to share with the students I am currently coaching on this topic.
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