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Two leadership books for Christmas

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Once again Michael Hyatt shows the way to two leadership books that I hope to see under the tree at Christmas.  Timely since I  just completed the fourth week of our organizational leadership training program last week.

First, he describes A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a book about the Presidency of Lincoln.  Hyatt noted five flaws in the leadership of one of Lincoln’s Generals, George B.  McClellan.

  1. Hesitating to take definitive action.
  2. Complaining about a lack of resources.
  3. Refusing to take responsibility.
  4. Abusing the privileges of leadership.
  5. Engaging in acts of insubordination.

Hyatt also writes a lengthy review about Derailed, a book by Tim Irwin about the failed leadershipof six business leaders.  They failed in their leadership because of a lack of character in one of the following:

  1. Authenticity
  2. Self-management
  3. Humility
  4. Courage

There is also a free online assessment that will let you know how vulnerable you might be to these kind of failures.  I just took it and of course, it served its purpose–made me want to read the book even more!

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