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Leadership is Common Sense 2nd Edition
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This book, published in 1997, presents the Hermanator's (a nickname he seems to enjoy) leadership theory, and illustrates it with practice from his business career.
Cain's "Three Plus Three" model of leadership (fifteen years before the 9-9-9 tax plan) is about three critical qualities a leader must possess, and three critical things a leader must do.
There's nothing earth shaking here; but after all, it's common sense. According to Cain, leaders must have -
* The ability to recognize that people motivate themselves;
* The ability to take risks and make the tough decisions;
* The ability to block out the unnecessary and concentrate on the necessary.
Given these capabilities, what the leader must do is -
* Remove the barriers which prevent people from being self motivated;
* Lead, taking the actions required to achieve desired results;
* Inspire the passion within people to perform better than expected.
Cain comes across as hard working, straight forward, focused, and very goal oriented as he rises through the ranks of a number of corporations eventually becoming CEO of Godfather's Pizza. The reader also learns much of his values, as he speaks often of his faith, his family, and what he sees as important in life.
Here's a key paragraph that describes his political thinking circa 1997:
The federal budget deficit which threatens our economy is a problem of shared sacrifices, not a problem of raising more taxes.Read more ›
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Awesome book, that will lead you to leadership! The empowerment and confidence will benefit your practice in many unforeseen ways. You won't be disappointed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dawn Frizell
Herman Cain does a great job simplifying some generic leadership concepts. He is correct about common sense. The problem is common sense is not common.Published on February 8, 2014 by Libertybob