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Brings it together, 20 Nov 2011
First off a declaration of interest.
I have known Kevin Murray since his days as Director of Communications at British Airways. Later he hired me to work with him years ago at Bell Pottinger.
This book explains why I accepted the offer back in the days of pre-history - Kevin sees communications as a holistic activity. He's not one of those guys who thinks your reputation is about what the newspapers write about you, but that it's the product of who who you are, what you do and what people who work alongside you say when you're out of the room. The Language of Leaders brings it all together in one place.
Kevin has interviewed over 60 successful leaders for the book. Some have got some banal things to say - others are quite challenging. What Kevin does so well is to weave their thoughts into a coherent model which suggests a clear agenda for anyone who wants their organisation to be understood.
Although Kevin has focused on CEO's (from all walks of life) the thinking is applicable to any aspiring manager. For example his chapter on personal authenticity is compelling as are the observations on employee engagement.
Overall, many of the ideas in this book are well known already - Kevin is reporting the reflections of some pretty familiar characters. Where the book scores for me is in bringing them together into a coherent system.