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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008UVK3JO
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The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Fifth Edition Audio Download – Unabridged
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Having just completed an MBA, I used this tome for quite a few citations and references, and it informed a lot of my thinking around leadership - it's just as relevant as it always was, with the update even more so. You're unlikely to need many other books on leadership during your career.
The Leadership Challenge has been my "go-to" authority for decades now and it will continue to inspire me and my work for years to come. The core legacy of their work: the five practices they identify are clear--if not exactly simple to achieve: 1) Model the way. 2) Inspire a shared vision. 3) Challenge the process. 4) Enable others to act. 5) Encourage the heart. The authors present new case studies as they focus on new challenges, new data and insight. Its also really attractively laid out.
Pacey brilliant leadership reference goodness!
This book might work for you if (1) you are a manager in a large US business, and (2) you haven't read much else about leadership. It has plenty of stories of how managers performed certain acts and treated their people in certain ways to drive the business forward. But I would rather recommend two other authors to you, especially if you are in the UK - Michael Williams (Mastering Leadership) and John Adair (Action Centred Leadership). These two books (and they have written others) cut to the chase much better than "The Leadership Challenge" and appear more relevant. I have read so many books on management and leadership over the past 20 years that I have grown blase about them, but Williams and Adair have my respect. Had "The Leadership Challenge" been abridged, I might have enjoyed reading it, but my heart sank as I plodded through it.
In summary - probably better suited to US readership; OK if you haven't read much before on Leadership. If you are in the UK and seeking to be a sharper leader, go for my other recommendations. If you want real life stories of leadership in business, check out (Sir) John Egan and the Jaguar story - it's a cracking story.
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