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Leadership: Best Advice I Ever Got Paperback – April 20, 2006

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpan Press (April 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595940553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595940551
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Just this week, I got a nice e-mail from a 20 year-old college student who wanted to know what books I wished I had read when I was his age. As I answered his question (the Bible), I thought about how incredibly useful it would be to ask similar questions of those who are knowledgeable in various fields. That reminded me of Leadership--Best Advice I Ever Got.

Paul B. Thornton was inspired to develop this book after reading an article called "The Best Advice I Ever Got" in the March 21, 2005 issue of Fortune magazine. He contacted many leaders and leadership experts to find out their answers. Then, he compiled 137 responses in this fine book.

The advice in the book addresses important topics like:

1. What do you stand for?
2. What are your core values?
3. What is your mission?
4. What is your vision?
5. What is the best way to communicate?
6. What is the best way to influence others?
7. How can you enhance your presence?
8. What is a good leadership style for you?

Mr. Thornton kicks off the book with a definition of what leadership is: "Leadership is the process of helping individuals, teams, and organizations become more and achieve more than they ever thought possible."

"Leaders help people become more . . .

Leaders help people achieve more than success!"

To lead, he suggests that you have to have ideas, conviction, courage, confidence, decisiveness, connection skills, good communication talents, passion, enthusiasm, persuasiveness and an ability to execute.

Business CEOs quoted in the book include:

William H.
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I share Paul B. Thornton's high regard for material that has recently been edited and then anthologized in Fortune: Secrets of Greatness. As Eric Pooley, managing editor of Fortune, explains in the Foreword to that book, he once had an off-the-record, one-on-one dinner with the CEO of a major investment bank who "really came alive when I asked him the most basic question of the evening: "How do you work?'" As Pooley met with other business leaders in the months that followed, he asked the same question and their responses resulted in a special issue called "How I Work." Now, in a single volume, the editors of Fortune magazine have assembled a wealth of information from a series of individual issues, which comprise the "Secrets of Greatness" series. The contributors offer what Pooley correctly characterizes as "great take-away... and I think you'll experience the same happy shock of recognition I did when sitting across from that master investment banker in the spring of 2005. Hey, his challenges are not so different from mine. I'm going to test drive some of his solutions."

Thornton conducted his own research among 135 people who shared the best advice they had received in helping them to become effective leaders. He added to their responses excerpts from among comments by Klaus Kleinfeld and Anne Mulcahy in the original Fortune article, "The Best Advice I Ever Got." Then Thornton added five chapters that comprise Part Three of his book. In these concluding chapters, he offers his own advice to those who want to become effective leaders. The result is the book I now review.
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THE BEST LEADERSHIP ADVICE I EVER GOT is not one of those blockbuster business best-sellers touting some hot new management fad that every corporate hero wannabe latches on to and quotes from religiously (and annoyingly) until the NEXT business book hits the bookshelf. What it is, however, is one of those classic gems that the smarter-than-average business reader keeps within arm's reach of his desktop to read in a spare moment or when he needs an idea or inspiration. And that's just what readers find on every single one of the just over 100 pages of Paul B. Thornton's new book: Sensible advice from seventy-five business leaders (representing a wide cross-section of industries) on topics such as integrity, courage, focus, perseverance, and change. To conclude each of his chapters, Thornton briefly summarizes the broad lessons put forth by his subjects and challenges readers with a couple of questions to help personalize the information and to inspire action, but it is done quickly, succinctly, without being preachy or pedantic.
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