In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century

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Great business leaders possess more than celebrated traits like charisma and an appetite for risk. They have "contextual intelligence"—a profound ability to understand the Zeitgeist of their times and harness it to create successful organizations. Based on a comprehensive Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative study, Anthony J. Mayo and Nitin Nohria present a fascinating collection of stories of the 20th century's greatest leaders, from unsung heroes to legends like Sam Walton and Bill Gates. The book identifies three distinct paths these individuals followed to greatness: entrepreneurial innovation, savvy management, and transformational leadership. Through engaging stories of leaders in each category, the authors show how, by "reading" the context they operated in and embracing the opportunities their times presented, these individuals created, grew, or revitalized outstanding American enterprises. A canon of leadership success from the last century, In Their Time reveals insights for contemporary leaders hoping to build lasting legacies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591393450
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 285,458
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Mayo is the executive director of the Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative program. Nitin Nohria is Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the author of several books on management and leadership.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    Breakthrough insights on leadership

    The field of leadership is littered with numerous books that are nothing more than anecdote based accounts that conclude with a list of platitudes for successful leadership. For those who want to go beyond the cute lists of success factors for leadership that lack much substance to a well researched, historically grounded, and comprehensive account of what really makes great leaders, this is your book. This book is among one of the first to try to go beyond contemporary fads and fashions that may be in vogue to take a detailed look over a 100 year time period and distill the essential qualities that have made great leaders across this extraordinary century in human history. The authors uncover the important quality of contextual intelligence evident in great leaders across this time period and provide inspiration and insight for those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. A must read for anyone on the journey to great leadership!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2005


    This was a book I could not put down. My students will get to enjoy the interesting facts in this novel. My wife, who has no interest in buisness what so ever also loved In Their Time. Mayo has proven himself as a very impressive author.

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