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on 16 August 2001
John Kotter is without a doubt the leading authority on leadership and change. Previous books written by Kotter are perceptive and thought provoking, and he remains my personal choice as the best author on change management. As a consultant working as a personal coach with leaders and top executives I welcomed the more in depth approach to the issue of leadership promised in this book and was not disappointed by chapter 1 where Kotter gives 10 key observations on leadership at the turn of the century.
His observations are accurate, insightful and absolutely key for leadership as it emerges into the 21st century from the traditional approach now rendered defunct by re-engineering; downsizing, and delayering; to the emergence of a new leadership 'substance' which does not depend upon power but upon networking and influence.
How disappointing therefore that the remainder of this book consists of reprints of Kotters old papers, ranging from 1977 - 1995 which many people will already be familiar with. Admittedly it does track his thought processes to the views expressed in chapter 1, but the feeling it leaves you with is 'money for old rope' rather than the anticipated, more in-depth exploration of the observations listed in chapter 1.
Come on Professor Kotter, you can do better than this; hence only two stars.
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on 27 November 2011
I initially read `Leading Change' where I first read Kotter's distinction on mgmt vrs leadership (page 25-31). Wanted additional information so I purchased `What Leaders Really Do' and `A Force for Change: How Leadership Differs from Management'.

This book is another fine piece of work by Kotter, although written in the late 90's, it's relevant to today's business environment.
I love the narrative style of the writer, no theoretical jargons rather practical information from observing leaders.

The book is divided into 2 parts, part 1 is my preferred. The clarity on mgmt vrs leadership activities is excellent. Chapter 1 gives very good summary on this topic, observation 4 highlights the different but complementary activities performed by mgmt/leaders. Furthermore chapter 3 expands on these key roles (see page 52-65) & dealing with each topic carefully.

In today's turbulent business environment both competencies are a must to lead change.

I must say, it's an excellent read. I still had the same feel as Kotter's other materials, although the part 2 was less interesting.
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on 2 March 2013
So many books talk about the "technical" side of being a senior manager, e.g. strategy, finance, reengineering etc. This is one of the few books that speaks to the side that so many of us find so challenging: leading well. The book makes its points clearly and efficiently. It is also remarkably tangible in its recommendation. There is really a lot of "what do I do differently tomorrow" points.
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on 30 July 2013
In this book Kotter is helping the manager to be a good leader. As usual well written in an easy to understand fashion. You never go wrong with Kotter
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on 4 August 1999
Prof. Kotter has done another superb job in vividly demonstrating the role of leaders. This book is authoritive and chock full of facts. I also suggest, as a supplement to this book, that you buy a skills-oriented book that I purchased at Amazon--------it will show new and experienced leaders "how" to be better leaders, easily and in a straightforward manner-----------This book is entitled "The Leader's Guide: 15 Essential Skills."
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on 13 September 2015
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