35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Serious, but readalbe book on leadership,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Nature of Leadership (Paperback)
Once in a while you come across a book that seems to be an authoritative guide on the topic under investigation. This book is one of those. It might be bit of a heavy read at times (if not, I could not make the previous claim); however, the book is packed with useful information, which should be beneficial to lay and expert audiences. Some chapters will really make you think very deeply about, well, the "nature of leadership" :-)
I particularly liked the chapters on ethics, methods, traits, culture, and gender. The Bennis chapter (yip, Warren Bennis, author of Geeks and Geezers and On Becoming a Leader--real classics) is a great read. The chapter on information processing models was also really unique; deep, but interesting--I never realised how important it was to "get into the mind" of leaders and followers to truly understand leadership. It seems to be an area that is ignored by many authors (I have never read a book taking a cognitive psychology tack on leadership). In all, it is a solid book--I highly recommend it.