Leadership Hardcover – 1 Oct 2002
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ew York City's "mayor of the world" describes the dynamic management, decision-making, and leadership skills that made him a success as a prosecutor and as mayor of New York City and explains how these principles helped him cope with the day-to-day running of a city, budget and human issues, and the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001.
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Part biography, social science and management text, it is plain to see that the author draws on a host of personal anicdotes to illustrates his leadership traits, that have served the former Mayor successfully, not only in his political career, but throughout his years as a formidable legal authority in the U.S and his personal battle against cancer.
As one can imagine, written at the time of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, this world changing event is referred to on a number of occasions,providing a vivid and chilling account of the intricacies that faced the rescue services on the fateful day in Lower Manhattan. Again Rudi illustrates how vital leadership qualities not only by himself, but also from key members of his staff, enabled the New York authorities deal with the aftermath that faced a devastated city.
Leadership provides a reflective opportunity for Managers and would be Managers, to consider the traits and qualities described by Guilliani, and how these can be utilised into everyday situations Managers or Leaders face in their respective organisations. Moreover, this also applies to people from every walk of life, as Leadership qualities outlined in the book, are so valuable in all our day to day lives.Read more ›
If you are in need of a "feel good" or motivational read, this is definately the book for you. I loved it!
If you are at all interested how the mayor of New York dealt with the management of the city before and after 9/11, and the general running of the city, there is little doubt that you will find the book both an interesting insight and enjoyable. Guiliani comes across as a tough but fair leader in a time when New York needed one most, and his love for the city and the people shine through the text.
He applies his beliefs and leadership skills to show the reader how he became the most popular mayor in the history of the city, and not only because he was a character who people respected and liked, but because he pulled the city out of decline in the early 1990's and into one of the leading cities on the world by 2000. He takes the reader through the processes of decision making as mayor, who has many people, departments and followers to manage in the most effective and successful way.
A good buy. If you are interested in the writer or leadership in any way, don't hesitate to have a read. If you have an admiration for new York, which I do, it will only make it more worth while.
The first few chapters really cement Giuliani's approach to standards and expectations driven by his experiences and values.
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But what is Rudy Giuliani if not presumptuous, audacious, in-your-face? And, in the final analysis, the book delivers. Big time. There is great advice here, as there is in most books about leadership and management, but the richness of Giuliani's book is the texture, illustrating the points with fascinating "inside" stories from a career that merited giving this kind of advice even if he had not become "our Churchill" after September 11.
In fact, one of the great joys of this book, and a great piece of information to remember, is that Giuliani started writing this book well before the events of 9-11. Our lasting image of him is as a universally loved leader and stateman who transcended politics, but Rudy didn't GET to that position by accident. He knew when to fight, when to coddle, when to get tough, when to mend fences, when to take an unpopular position, when to take risks. He was an incredibly effective, though controversial, prosecutor, and an incredibly effective, though controversial, mayor. This book tells you all the stories, and shows you why he was so successful. Absolutely, the September 11 stuff is gripping, maybe the best material we can get our hands on about the event. But this was no quickie project designed to capitalize on the mayor's strength during that crisis.
This book was a long time coming, as was Giuliani's performance when the eyes of the world were on him. There is just so much great information, so many great stories, so much good advice, that you'll simultaneously find yourself rushing to take it in, and slowing down to make it last.
Then came 9-11. He wisely chose to add chapter 1 on the events of 9-11 and the immediate aftermath. The final chapter describes how the recovery was achieved over the last days of his adminstration. Basically Giuliani was always interested in being a leader. He read a lot about and learned a lot from his mentors. Many of the ideas in this book I had already learned from reading and taking courses in leadership, e.g. empower and make everyone accountable, be open and honest and communicate clearly, let your positions be known but allow for open and honest debate, and consider all reasonable options but make a decision and stick with it.
What the book added for me was the details of Rudy's experience from his father and grandfather teaching him as a child how to stand up to bullies, to the synergism of Torre and Steinbrenner, to the teachings of Judge MacMahon and to the example of Ronald Reagan standing up to the air traffic controller. Not only does Rudy clearly relate these experiences but he also takes examples from his years in the district attorney's office and as Mayor of New York where he applied the lessons he learned. Standing up to Arafat when he crashed in on an engagement was an example of Rudy standing up to a bully when Clinton would not.
Still his achievements as Mayor and the leadership he showed during the 9-11 disaster were remarkable. What was so special about Giuliani compared to other Mayors? One thing was his unconventional way of treating the government of a city like the running of a corporation. He used the organizational and economic principles of business in running New York City. He followed what Jack Welch was doing with six sigma at GE and through his Compstat program successfully used statistical methods for improving police effectiveness. This is very similar to the success that is common in many six sigma projects. It was fascinating to hear the types of information they chose to collect and the dramatic results that occurred when the measures were reviewed in meetings.
I even found myself recognizing Reagan and other Republicans whose vision and leadership I generally discounted in the past. Rudy is not arrogant or a braggard. He is simply trying to describe the key ideas that led to his success. This is great food for thought for all of us.
I took my book to a signing at Barnes and Nobel in Princeton New Jersey and got him to sign my copy and we talked briefly. In 2008 as he runs for president in the republican primaries it may be worthwhile to look at this book again to see if he displays the leadship of a president. If he should get nominated it would take a strong campaign by the democratic candidate to get me to vote democratic and I have never voted for a republican for president before. But more than other candidates except for Clinton and McCain he exhibits the level of leadship that we expect but rarely get from our president.
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