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History Lessons: What Business and Management can Learn from the Great Leaders of History [Paperback]

Jonathan Gifford
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1 Feb 2010
Pericles of Athens, Abraham Lincoln, Genghis Khan, Elizabeth I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Zhou Enlai, Winston S. Churchill, Lee Kwan Yew - some of the great leaders who changed the course of history. Their actions and thoughts, and the way in which they shaped history s great events, are an enduring and invaluable source of inspiration for today s manager or executive. In this fascinating, cross-disciplinary book, Jonathan Gifford examines the behaviour of twenty-four great leaders in the context of eight critical leadership functions (Changing the Mood, Boldness of Vision, Doing the Planning, Leading from the Front, Bringing People with you, Making Things Happen, Taking the Offensive, Creating Opportunities) and uses the lens of history to provide contemporary managers with new insights and perspectives into the very human art of leadership and with potential solutions to the essentially familiar problems faced by the great leaders of history.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0462099369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0462099361
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Gifford is a business author whose writing focuses on the human aspects of business, management and leadership and on the lessons that business can learn from history.
Jonathan studied philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury and spent the early part of his career in advertising sales and management with various national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday. He later moved into magazine publishing with BBC Magazines and was the launch publisher in 2000 of the award-winning BBC History Magazine. He is a partner in the online consultancy, Bluequest Media. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and children.

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Don' t be put off by the title: this albeit unconventional business text examines the past to provide lessons for today s business owner. An essential element to the success of any firm is leadership. Without someone at the helm with a plan for the future of the company and the personal qualities to inspire those around them a business is likely to fail. History Lessons examines some of the greatest leaders in history, such a Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill and George Washington. The text evaluates what specific qualities they had that ensured their success and inspired loyalty in those around them. Chapters include planning, leading from the front and creating opportunities. After the main business concept has been outlined three different individuals are profiled before their business relevance to the chosen topic is teased out. Unsurprisingly, the text does contain historical information that is not necessarily applicable to businesses. However, this is genuinely interesting and it never feels like Gifford is just imparting historical knowledge for the sake of it the points are all ultimately linked to how to be a successful leader. This is a book for experienced business owners that don t need a nuts and bolts approach to running a firm but are seeking to become more effective leaders --New Business Magazine (UK), Summer 2010

There's nothing new about finding management lessons in history, but few books offer quite as comprehensive a collection of examples as this one.You can learn planning from Napoleon Bonaparte, about making things happen from Oliver Cromwell, how to take the offensive from Saladin or even how to create opportunities from Genghis Khan. Its all fascinating stuff and there is much of practical use to be learned. Its quite a useful primer for anyone who bunked off history too. 8/10 --Business Life (UK) April 2010

History Lessons: What Business and Management can Learn from the Great Leaders of History by Jonathan Gifford sets down eight competences exemplified, often in an extreme form, by great leaders Each competence is put into the context of business management so that the particular abilities of the great leaders of history can be easily related to present day management situations. The competences fall into three groups. The precursors of action changing the mood, boldness of vision and planning; driving action leading from the front, bringing people along and making things happen; and finally, building taking the offensive and creating opportunities. Three great leaders from world history have been selected to exemplify each competence, resulting in a fascinating range of men and women, drawn from different backgrounds, nationalities and historical eras. For example, the leaders chosen to illustrate making things happen include Oliver Cromwell, George S Patton and Zhou Enlai far from the usual list of individuals cited in books on leadership. In a few pages, each individual is placed into the historical, social and political context of their time. The cultural setting of their leadership prowess is scrutinised and a compelling picture is painted for each one. It is no mean feat to draw together so complete a picture of a person exemplifying a particular competence in half a dozen pages packed with interesting detail and insight. The book will enthuse any reader who enjoys biographies, has a general interest in history, or is keen to improve their leadership skills. It may appear a stretch to imagine that Genghis Khan has lessons to teach modern managers but setting aside an imperfection or two, he can be seen as the creator of an opportunity that led to kick-starting the renaissance. --'Professional Manager magazine, Chartered Management Institute, July 2010

There's nothing new about finding management lessons in history, but few books offer quite as comprehensive a collection of examples as this one.You can learn planning from Napoleon Bonaparte, about making things happen from Oliver Cromwell, how to take the offensive from Saladin or even how to create opportunities from Genghis Khan. Its all fascinating stuff and there is much of practical use to be learned. Its quite a useful primer for anyone who bunked off history too. 8/10 --Business Life (UK) April 2010

History Lessons: What Business and Management can Learn from the Great Leaders of History by Jonathan Gifford sets down eight competences exemplified, often in an extreme form, by great leaders Each competence is put into the context of business management so that the particular abilities of the great leaders of history can be easily related to present day management situations. The competences fall into three groups. The precursors of action changing the mood, boldness of vision and planning; driving action leading from the front, bringing people along and making things happen; and finally, building taking the offensive and creating opportunities. Three great leaders from world history have been selected to exemplify each competence, resulting in a fascinating range of men and women, drawn from different backgrounds, nationalities and historical eras. For example, the leaders chosen to illustrate making things happen include Oliver Cromwell, George S Patton and Zhou Enlai far from the usual list of individuals cited in books on leadership. In a few pages, each individual is placed into the historical, social and political context of their time. The cultural setting of their leadership prowess is scrutinised and a compelling picture is painted for each one. It is no mean feat to draw together so complete a picture of a person exemplifying a particular competence in half a dozen pages packed with interesting detail and insight. The book will enthuse any reader who enjoys biographies, has a general interest in history, or is keen to improve their leadership skills. It may appear a stretch to imagine that Genghis Khan has lessons to teach modern managers but setting aside an imperfection or two, he can be seen as the creator of an opportunity that led to kick-starting the renaissance. --'Professional Manager magazine, Chartered Management Institute, July 2010

About the Author

JONATHAN GIFFORD is a business man, historian and author, whose writing focuses particularly on the human aspects of leadership and management. After reading philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Jonathan worked for a number of major media organizations, beginning his career at the Guardian newspaper in the 1970s. He went on to work for the Sunday Express, the Mail on Sunday, and later for BBC Worldwide, where he launched the award-winning BBC History Magazine in 2000. Jonathan is a director of the digital design agency, Bluequest Media, and is the author of History Lessons (Marshall Cavendish, 2010) and Blindsided (Marshall Cavendish, 2012). He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and children

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 12 April 2012
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This is the book I've been looking for so long, and got the title thanks to an Oxford Profesor in leadership. The way leadership is presented and analyzed using the great leaders in history and focusing in their big strenght is brilliant. A great lesson on leadership from the greatest leaders!.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, well assembled bios 5 Dec 2011
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Great collection of short biographies covering 24 leaders from politics, military, and sport, which identifies and explores one particular quality of their leadership success. Each bio includes a summary overview and some specific examples. I found it to be an interesting and engaging read, concise but informative and useful. It could be enjoyed for the business context, or just as a good collection of summary biographies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sense of perspective 28 Jun 2010
By Mrs. R.
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History Lessons is a fascinating book. It has has ably filled in some huge gaps in my education, all in one very readable hit, and changed my views about leaders I'd assumed were the baddies - or the goodies, come to that.

At school, we didn't do a great leaders syllabus. We had economic history from 1700 to 1945 so we learned about cotton engines, canals, railways, financial bubbles, acriculture, price fixing and how the landed gentry managed to pass a law that enabled them to fence off common land that until then the peasants had shared. But that's another story. Somewhat unexpectedly, I've realised that I knew Jonathan Gifford several decades ago back when we both played in the sax section of a big band, along with a former member of The Bay City Rollers. But that's another story too.

Now obviously, you can't read the book and draw direct parallels between your own life and those of the leaders whose achievements are described in it. There's no point my telling myself that if only I had been Queen of England, I could have gone out and fought off invasion and juggled religeous politics to avoid revolution. I achieve not much at all by wondering if I could have invaded Europe, if only I'd been born into a military family with the right background and encouragement.

What History Lessons does for me is make me question what it is about those people that made them take the initiative and get on with it. My background was one where we got ten out of ten for following instructions to the letter and doing things perfectly, not wondering what we could change to improve the situation, or to question why it's always been done like that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to connect more 26 April 2010
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Result! A book about business which uses history to make its case for modern leadership techniques (apparently of interest to pretty much everyone, whether "the president of a multinational corporation or the organizer of a local charity event.")

Unfortunately the book is a bit of a let-down. After a bright beginning which sets out eight aspects of leadership (like "changing the mood", "bringing people with you" and "creating opportunities"), things go downhill faster than King Harold's army chasing the Normans at the Battle of Hastings. The succeeding chapters simply list three great leaders for each leadership trait, and tells each one's story, or part of it, to show how they were good at planning (Napoleon), leading from the front (Nelson), making it happen (Oliver Cromwell), or whatever. In fact it feels suspiciously like some history essays with some business bits stuck in to join them together and make a theme.

It's not a bad book at all in terms of readability - there are some interesting subjects like Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore - but I just wish Gifford had made a bit more effort to bring the worlds of business and history together. And even for me, indoctrinated as a youth by the Ladybird world view that history is about chaps, preferably British chaps too, the choice of just TWO women out of 24 subjects seems a bit old hat. Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson could surely have been joined by Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc, Boudicca, Eva Peron, Rosa Parks or Catherine the Great?

In short, leaders looking for inspirational stories might well find them, but the struggle of linking Genghis Khan's creation of the largest contiguous land empire in history with your attempt to open a branch in Romford might prove a bit much unless you're in the mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, informative and relevant 26 Nov 2010
By E Cook
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This book has changed the way I thought about many characters from history that I thought I "knew". The style is easy to read without being patronising and the way that the book has been put together means that it is easy to pop in and out of.

"History Lessons" is a real breath of fresh air as I usually find books about management and leadership very dry. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to think innovatively about business and management or to anyone who would like to learn more about key players from history.
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