This book is an inspiring read with lots of good examples. The main strengths of the book are its passion and advocacy of integrity, values and taking people with you when you manage major change. Otherwise it is now very dated as a theory of leadership. It came out originally in the late 1980's when management was made the scapegoat for US industry's lack of success against the Japanese, hence management is never mentioned in the book. At that time, everyone was calling for leadership to replace management without asking whether management could be upgraded to be less controlling and stifling of initiative. Ever since then, management has been consigned to the bad guy role - Theory X, transactional and initiating structure while leadership got all the good guy work - being Theory Y, transformational and showing consideration for people. The result is a bloated, unfocused concept of leadership with the leader as hero who has to do everything. Their top-down conception of leadership is also old fashioned as it makes no allowance for bottom-up leadership which, because it is limited to challenging the status quo, has nothing to do with managing people. We really need a reinvented concept of management that allows it to be facilitative, supportive and inspiring too as it is in sports for example, but that's another story. The fact that this book is still so popular is revealing because it shows we have not moved on in leadership theory over the past 25 years.