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HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

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  • Series: HBR's 10 Must Reads
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422157970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422157978
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance leadership. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $14.13, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials."

Those who authored or co-authored the ten articles in this volume do indeed provide enlightening perspectives on the dimensions of leadership. Some may ask, "Why another book on this subject?" Years ago, a colleague on the faculty at Princeton pointed out to Albert Einstein that he always asked the same questions on his final examination. Why? "Because every year the answers are different." I cannot recall a prior time when changes in the business world were more numerous and occurring faster. Core values and valuable insights that illuminate those values may remain the same but the nature and extent of possible applications of them certainly do not. It remains for each reader of these articles to decide (a) which are most relevant to her or his needs and interests, and (b) how to derive greatest benefit from those selected.

For example:

""I have found that the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It's not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant.
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Really enjoyed reading the book. A quote from the book : "Emotional Intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership". Leaders plan ahead and articulate their vision to followers. They aren'(tm)t magicians but broad-based strategic thinkers who are willing to take risks. The knack to find common ground and building a rapport is skill of a true leader.

The authors distinguish between managers as organizer and leaders as visionaries. Both have different roles to play in execution of a strategy. However at wartime, you need a competent leader at each level.

A leader is always focusing on opportunities like:
1.Unexpected success or failure
2.A gap between what and what could be in the market process
3.Innovation
4.Demographics
5.Change in mind sets
6.New technology

Hallmarks of a leader
1.Self-confidence, realistic assessment, sense of humor
2.Trustworthiness and integrity, comfort with ambiguity, open to change
3.Strong drive to achieve
4.Expert in building and retaining talent
5.Persuasiveness

Key Points on developing as leader
1. Know Thyself, Improve self-regulation, Develop empathy and social skills
2.Self-aware people find work to energize & readily admit failures
3.A leader has propensity of reflection and thoughtfulness;
4.A comfort level with ambiguity and change, integrity and ability to say no
5.No leader is an island; Social leader will allow emotional intelligence to work
6.The best opportunities matched to the best people (huge HR operation); Key success for Japanese businesses
7.Level 5 Leadership (Executive) is a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will.
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I confess to being a Harvard Business Review junkie. In that context, you can evaluate my recommendation for their new series that includes a collection of articles under specific topics like Leadership, Change, and Strategy. Specifically, On Leadership provides the collective wisdom of a gathering of leadership eagles, such as: Daniel Goleman, Peter Drucker, John Kotter, Ronald Heifitz, Warren Bennis and Jim Collins. Each one has significantly advanced the field of leadership. For example, Goleman gave us emotional intelligence; Drucker, the knowledge worker; Kotter, change management; Heifitz, adaptive leadership; and, Collins, good-to-great leadership. So, reading the HBR's newest series is for me like sitting down for a cup of coffee with old, trusted friends who helped build the house I live in every day--leadership.
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This is a great collection of useful and insightful articles. That said, shame on HBR and Amazon for not paying more attention to the formatting. There is no table of contents, so you cannot see up front what the articles are or navigate easily through them. Furthermore, some of the tables and other inset material is not formatted for the Kindle so it break awkwardly across screens and is hard to bookmark. I expected more from the e-book version. I might just as well have saved myself the money and hunted down the individual articles in PDF format through my employer's library!
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This collection of ten essays from the Harvard Business Review provides important insights on business leadership and its improvements. Still, from the perspective of my work on future-shaping political leadership, I am left - perhaps wrongly - with a number of problems, such as: 1) Most empiric studies relied upon are based on views expressed by leaders on what makes them successful. But such "self-reporting," however frank, is likely to miss critical factors of which the leader is unaware. 2) A major weakness in study of political leaders is main emphasis on behavior instead of the mind which determines behavior. This seems to be also the case with the study of business leaders, with behavior and processes of the mind being mixed up. 3) Organizations are power fields, requiring some Machiavellianism. This is ignored in the book. 4) Discourse on business leaders seems to share trust in the ability of most human beings to make themselves into at least good political leaders, which characterizes a "positive psychology" and anti-elitist culture, but is not supported by deeper views of human nature and of leadership. 5) most serious of all, missing in the book is a radical contingency approach raising the question whether what made a good leader in the past may not fit the requirements of both business and political leadership in the future, when radically novel cultural, economic, geopolitical and technological realities require "paradigm-shifting" leaders of a novel type.
The differences between business and political leadership are large, but many problems are similar. Shared studies and exchanges of views may help to advance the study and improvement of both business and political leadership, as needed - more urgently so in respect to political leadership given its rather unsatisfactory performance. This book provides starting points for doing so.
Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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