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The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell

 
 
 
 
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell
Author: Oren Harari
ISBN 13: 9780071418614
ISBN 10: 7141861
Edition: 1
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication Date: 2003-08-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $22.00
 
 

More than 100,000 copies sold in hardcover!

The New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller—Now in Paperback!

The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell goes beyond other books to take an honest look into the foundations of Colin Powell's compelling leadership style. Sparked with insights and observations that are as refreshingly honest as they are grittily realistic, it provides a blueprint for inspiring anyone—including yourself—to achieve extraordinary levels of performance.

Praise for The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell:

"Management professor Oren Harari adopts Colin Powell's rise into the upper ranks of American power as a model for decision makers in the private sector. Harari hails Powell's character as the essence of a host of supple executive virtues..."

The Washington Post

"Powell appears to be a natural born leader with an intuitive sense of strategy for advancement in war and politics. For those of us who are not so lucky to have such diplomacy inherently, Harari's book can teach us how to lead effectively following Powell's example."

—USA Today

"This is a 'battle-tested' leadership book and although the author has shown how to apply these principles in the corporate venue, you don't have to be a CEO to benefit from the words and wisdom of Colin Powell."

—Booklist

"Colin Powell's leadership secrets are not secret anymore. Management professor Oren Harari has packaged them in a handbook that can be put to good use by anyone who is in a position of leadership or aspires to be."

—Dallas Morning News

Oren Harari is a professor of management at the McLaren Graduate School of Business, University of San Francisco.

Publishers Weekly

Even before the events of last fall, Powell was well regarded by the military and civilians around the world. Now, as secretary of state during the war against terrorism, Powell's intelligence and skills as manager, negotiator and leader are even more visible. Harari, a management professor and consultant, met Powell several years ago, but wrote this book without his cooperation. The author has used Powell's own words, from his autobiography and presentations, to create a primer of Powell's leadership secrets. The book reads much like an introductory textbook, explaining key phrases, quotes, anecdotes and principles. Powell's style is somewhat unusual for a military leader. He believes in listening, not just to superiors, but to the people who serve under him; he pushes people to ask hard questions and to approach problems in creative ways; he is solution-oriented and wants answers to problems to be original, not simply tried-and-true methods. While a book by Powell himself on his leadership style would obviously have great appeal, Harari has done an admirable job of distilling the essence of Powell's leadership style. The chapter summaries ("Powell's Principles") are especially clear (e.g., "Hire on talent and values, rather than resumes"; "Don't clock hours for hours' sake"). This is a solid if basic book about leadership that should interest a wide range of readers, especially less experienced managers. Agent, Lynn Johnston. (Mar. 25) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.