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Although Peter Drucker, “The Father of Modern Management,” died in 2005, his timeless teachings are studied and practiced by forward-thinking managers worldwide. His lessons and wisdom on the topic of leadership—the central element of management—are in constant demand, yet he wrote little under that actual subject heading.
In Drucker on Leadership, William A. Cohen explores Drucker’s lost leadership lessons—why they are missing, what they are, why they are important, and how to apply them. As Cohen explains, Drucker was ambivalent about leadership for much of his career, making it clear that leadership was not by itself “good or desirable.” While Drucker struggled with the concept of leadership, he was well aware that it had a critical impact on the accomplishment of all projects and human endeavors. There is no book from Drucker specifically dedicated to leadership, but a wealth of information about leadership can be found scattered throughout his 40 books and hundreds of articles. Drucker’s teachings about leadership have saved many corporations from failure and helped guide others to outstanding success.
Many of the leadership concepts revealed in this book will surprise and perhaps shock Drucker’s followers. For example, who would have thought that Peter Drucker taught that “leadership is a marketing job” or that “the best leadership lessons for business or any nonprofit organization come from the military”?
Written for anyone who values the insights of the man whose name is synonymous with excellence in management, Drucker on Leadership offers a deeper understanding of what makes an extraordinary leader.
Foreword (Frances Hesselbein).
Introduction: Peter Drucker and Leadership.
Part One: The Leader's Role in Shaping the Organization's Future.
1 The Fundamental Decision: Determining the Business of the Organization.
2 The Process: Creating a Strategic Plan
3 Look, Listen, and Analyze: The Information the Leader Needs.
4 Methodology: Developing Drucker-Based Strategies.
5 Taking Action: What It Takes to Implement Your Plan.
Part Two: Ethics and Personal Integrity.
6 Drucker's Views on Business Ethics.
7 Effective Leadership and Personal Integrity.
8 The Seven Deadly Sins of Leadership.
9 Effective Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility.
10 The Responsibility of a Corporation: First, Do No Harm.
Part Three: The Military: Drucker's Model Organization.
11 Leadership Lessons from Xenophon.
12 Training and Developing Leaders.
13 Promotion and Staffing.
14 The Heart of Leadership.
15 Leadership for Upper Management.
Part Four: Motivation and Leadership.
16 Leadership Style as a Motivator.
17 Motivating to Peak Performance.
18 Charisma as a Motivator.
19 The Volunteer Paradigm.
Part Five: The Marketing Model of Leadership.
20 Applying Marketing to Leadership.
21 Applying Segmentation to Leadership.
22 Applying Positioning to the Organization and the Leader.
23 The Role of Infl uence and Persuasion on Strategy and Tactics.
Epilogue Drucker's Legacy.
About the Author.
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A well written book for those interested in a 'one stop shop' for the key ideas about leadership Peter Drucker held over his long professional career. Inconsistencies over time (can leadership be taught?) are discussed and provide a coherent context for Drucker's perspectives. Cohen as a dedicated student of Drucker has held closely to Drucker's views and noted when introducing his own interpretation on occassion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.