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Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness Hardcover – October 18, 2010
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In the book's title and in the good introductory essay, Isaacson notes that the quality of leadership is "elusive" and nonformulaic. He draws a broad distinction between those who become leaders by articulating and staying with a principle and those who are flexible and pragmatic and respond to their perception of immediate need. This distinction is valuable, but it does not capture the many different qualities of leadership illustrated in the book. I have enjoyed reading the short biographies in the American President's series edited by Scheleisinger and Willenz for their insights into the leadership qualities of the presidents. But, intellectuals, ministers, financiers, activists, and baseball managers, as well as politicians, can show leadership. What is leadership and when is it effective?
In preparing this book, Isaacson and an organization called the Society of American Historians asked several leading historians to write about whatever interested them on the subject of leadership. The result is a diverse series of thoughtful essays from a variety of perspectives.Read more ›
Jp Morgans and RFK profile are worth the read.
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Very good. Even with the naturally strong liberal bias he is noted for.Published 13 months ago by Lightin'
This Book is not written by Isaacson. Don't be fooled like I was. It's a pathetic collection of high school essaysPublished on September 22, 2012 by Pen Name
I found this book to be a good read on the topic of leadership. It would be worth any ones read on the topic.Published on April 4, 2012 by raymond j. vercruysse, cfc