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Not the book of modern leadership wisdom I hoped for
on 4 October 2006
In a book of "stories for leaders, influencers and motivators" I'd rather hoped for inspiring tales from the last two or three centuries of business pioneers, innovators, thinkers and leaders. Sadly there are few of those in this book. The bulk of the sixty stories here are from eastern, African and Asian tradition and, personally, I soon get irritated by the inscrutable wisdom of monks and mullahs. Added to that, the collection is tied together with the tale of a young magician and a talking flying carpet on a quest to discover the nature of leadership. While their insights are, occasionally, enlightening; on the whole I find this approach patronising. Overall then, I found the book a struggle. I wanted a book about striving for success in the modern world; I found a book about camels and ancient wisdom - and a talking flying carpet !. Not for me.