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5.0 out of 5 stars A head of the pack
According to this book there are over 53,000 books on the topic of leadership on Amazon. This is a worthy addition to that list. The author skilfully combines academic and popular styles to build up the reader's knowledge of the subject of leadership. He touches on topics as diverse as Plato's republic, Hitler youth and "Lord of the Rings" to illustrate the differing...
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Patrick Mullane

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3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay
Like Grint and this book was fine - simple and easy to understand - a good wee introduction to his thinking
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A head of the pack, 10 Aug 2010
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Patrick Mullane (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
According to this book there are over 53,000 books on the topic of leadership on Amazon. This is a worthy addition to that list. The author skilfully combines academic and popular styles to build up the reader's knowledge of the subject of leadership. He touches on topics as diverse as Plato's republic, Hitler youth and "Lord of the Rings" to illustrate the differing types of leadership styles and how these have historically changed depending on the social context. There is an excellent use of compact and informative diagrams which illustrate the author's points. Whilst I might disagree with the author on some topics, such as his views on the "Great Men" style of leadership - he makes his arguments clearly and well. Apart from a minor quibbles about at times poor referencing of source material in the text, a recommended read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Psycho-Babble Authors, 15 Jan 2012
This review is from: Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I once (returning to work) had a conversation with a man who had recently been made 'Partner'. I asked him what one had to do to achieve such and he replied that one had to have 'Partnership Quality'. His obvious inability to explain the reason for his success, continued to puzzle me. That he was later thrown out, unceremoniously by his Partners, suggests that my incomprehension was not misplaced.

There are as the author notes, endless books here on Leadership, with the unspoken aspiration that all proper people are Natural Leaders or should at least aspire to Leadership; but one cannot have Leaders without many Followers and those books merely appeal to their readers insecurity. From my experience, most leaders are jealously insecure self-opinionated bullies and damaging to the organisation they lead, and I have never been able to determine whether that sort of person seeks leadership or whether leadership brings about those regrettable characteristics.

Some VSIs are a little short; some a little long, but this one although just right puts out in its last chapter the most tantalising possibilities for further consideration as it considers Sacrifice, Scapegoats, Sacrilege, and Exclusion. In short: This book builds to a climax!

If I have to find any fault with the book, a tendency to swallow whole Feminist Ideology, is unfortunate, but rather par for the course, generally, these days, in Academia, I regret to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the longer version, 14 April 2014
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Having read Grint's 'full' version of this book 'Leadership, limits and possibilities' I have to say this version still remains my favourite.

Grint has quite a challenging and philosophical approach to leadership and this book is certainly no 'how to' or training manual for leadership. What it does however is to challenge your thinking and force you to reflect on what leadership actually is. Which to be honest nobody seems to know.

Am I a better leader for reading this book, perhaps, has my knowledge of leadership been expanded, no (read Northouse - leadership and practice for that). Is it a good little read to kill the time on a 3 hour train ride, yes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay, 1 Aug 2013
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Like Grint and this book was fine - simple and easy to understand - a good wee introduction to his thinking
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Short Introduction to leadership, 22 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
A little bit disappointed not a great deal of info compared with theory and practice book or a fairly short and interesting book of leadership.

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