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Indispensable : when leaders really matter

Author: Gautam Mukunda
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Review Press, ©2012.
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The importance of leadership and the impact of individual leaders has long been the subject of debate. Are they made by history, or do they make it? In Indispensable, Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda offers an enticingly fresh look at how and when individual leaders really can make a difference. By identifying and analyzing the hidden patterns of their careers, and by exploring the systems that place  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gautam Mukunda
ISBN: 9781422186701 1422186709
OCLC Number: 778420950
Description: xii, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Hunting the high impact leader --
Enter the presidents --
"It is the whole colony" : Jefferson and the Louisiana purchase --
"The best of us" : Lincoln and the Civil War --
"We can always depend on Mr. Wilson" : Wilson, the Senate, and the Treaty of Versailles --
"Crashed into ruins" : Chamberlain and appeasement --
"We shall never surrender" : Churchill and the choice to fight --
Beyond politics : The royal navy, business, and non-normal science --
The tragedy, and potential triumph, of leadership --
Appendix : Statistical test of the US presidents.
Responsibility: Gautam Mukunda.

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The importance of leadership and the impact of individual leaders has long been the subject of debate. Are they made by history, or do they make it? In Indispensable, Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda offers an enticingly fresh look at how and when individual leaders really can make a difference. By identifying and analyzing the hidden patterns of their careers, and by exploring the systems that place these leaders in positions of power, Indispensable sheds new light on how we may be able to identify the best leaders and what lessons we can learn, from both the process and the result. Profiling a mix of historic and modern figures--from Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill and Judah Folkman--and telling the stories of how they came to power and how they made the most important decisions of their lives, Indispensable reveals how, when, and where a single individual in the right place at the right time can save or destroy the organization they lead, and even change the course of history. Indispensable will also help you understand this new model so you can use it in your own life--whether you're a citizen casting a ballot, an executive choosing your next CEO, or a leader trying to make your mark.

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"It makes for fascinating reading..." -- Tom Friedman, The New York Times "In his new book, Indispensable, Gautam Mukunda, of Harvard Business School, uses Lincoln to examine one of the liveliest Read more...

 
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