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Leadership Paperback – January 5, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
New York's celebrated former mayor explains how he used specific management strategies to run the city and handle crises in this captivating memoir. It's momentarily jarring when Giuliani's familiar voice on the introduction switches to Roberts's voice for the body of the book, but listeners will quickly adjust. Roberts reads the former mayor's words in a calm, authoritative and thoughtful tone. He sounds earnest and persuasive as he expresses Giuliani's point of view. Giuliani's minute-by-minute account of his actions on September 11-trying to coordinate rescue efforts and reassure the populace while reeling from the deaths of firefighter friends he'd spoken to just minutes before-is harrowing. Other anecdotes are equally forceful, as when Yasser Arafat arrived uninvited to Giuliani's U.N. anniversary celebration, and Giuliani insisted on making Arafat leave while attempting to avoid an international scandal. Giuliani's main advice to leaders: surround oneself with talented people, hold daily meetings to keep everyone on track, define the core mission and make sure procedures and policies serve that mission efficiently, demand accountability from everyone (including oneself), show loyalty to employees and become knowledgeable about all subjects related to one's organization or business.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"An entertaining read...marked by an obvious passion for the city he led." -- Business Week
"Effective management advice from the master. Giuliani shows again why his admirers number in the millions." -- People
"Leadership shines...There is a useful lesson here." -- Financial Times (London)
"Lively yet practical...crisp and authoritative." -- Bookpage
"The level of devotion to his job comes through on every page." -- The Palm Beach Post
"Written with the bluntness and unsentimental bravado that people have come to expect from the former mayor of New York." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This book is not to be dismissed because it is written by a politician and would-be president. Giuliani does an excellent job of chronicling the "how" of how he did his job. The book is written in clear language, is direct, and is loaded with examples from his administration.
I use this book to teach a course on politics and this serves my purposes well as a series of case studies. Very critical to this book's utility is Giuliani's discussion of management and personnel practices. His chronicling of morning meetings with senior staff shows excellent examples of how to conduct efficient and meaningful meetings as well as how to control large organizations through subordinates. A frequent topic of the book is the new approach to policing and crimefighting his administration undertook. While controversial to some, it can be argued that statistics portray a successful initiative. His policing model introduces discussions of data acquisition and management, personnel and accountability as well as communication and feedback loops that are useful to those who seek how to implement new strategies that represent departures from business as it has been done.
The author also discusses many other aspects of leadership such as time management, "showing-up" as the leader, and communication. This book contains valuable lessons for any student of leadership.
Without any other knowledge on what happened during Rudi Giuliani's term as New York City Mayor, this book provides a pretty good read and insight into the practical application of what stands as really solid techniques to good management and leadership. Worth the read in that respect.
However, with alternative knowledge on what happened during his term, especially his handling of 9/11 (prior and during), this book ignores serious errors of judgement on his part which really undermine all of what Giuliani talks about.
Yes, get all the small details right - those that affect how your staff relate to you in good times; but also make sure of getting the big things right - those you will be remembered for in your legacy.
A good book, but don't take what's written as absolute gospel.
This book is about the defining moments of 9/11 and the leadership it needed in order not to descend into chaos. This man has put his heart and soul into this event and showed great leadership you can learn from.
The writings in 'Leadership' give you great insight into the situation of the event and dealings of the mayor. Courage as well as leadership prevail in keeping the objective of his mission close. Information is critical when chaos is lurking around the corner. Sleep can be denied.
Being European I'm not biassed in my judgement of the person or politician Giuliani. When you read this book about mayor Giuliani there's a lot you can learn from.