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Posted October 25, 2004
Pact With Knowledge!
Leading a group of academics can be like trying to herd cats. Given that ¿ since Steven B. Sample succeeded as president of a major university ¿ you would expect that he acquired some expertise on leadership, if only as a matter of survival. Sample borrows from an array of classical thinkers, from Shakespeare to Machiavelli to Lincoln, to advance his proposition that the most important attribute for any leader is the ability to think independently. He says that leadership demands suspending judgment, listening passionately to those with conflicting opinions and seeing all the shades of gray that exist between black and white alternatives. If his somewhat academic perspective doesn't always apply directly to the business world, it certainly supplies this book with intelligence and insight at every turn. We strongly recommend this guidebook to those who take these rare human attributes seriously.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2001
New (but timeless) wisdom
While Bennis has already left his stamp on the world of management, his colleague Steve Sample now offers an important complement to Bennis' message. As Bennis says in the foreword, Sample is more given to asking tough questions than offering easy answers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2009
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