Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

by Wess Roberts

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ISBN-13: 9780446391061
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/1990
Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 80,129
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Wess Roberts, Ph.D. is the international best-selling author of Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Straight A's Never Made Anybody Rich, and Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun.


Dr. Roberts has held senior management positions at major insurance and financial service companies on the West Coast. He served as a major in the U.S. Army where he was assigned for three years to the U.S. Army Combat Arms Training Board. As an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University, Utah State University, and Nova University, Dr. Roberts has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in business, education and psychology. He currently makes his home in Utah, where he writes and lectures on a variety of business and leadership topics.

Table of Contents

Author's Noteix
Prefacexiii
Introduction: In Search of Attila1
1In the Roman Court: "Leadership Qualities"14
2The Lust for Leadership: "You've Got to Want to Be in Charge"23
3Becoming a Hun: "Customs"29
4Peace in the Camp: "Morale and Discipline"34
5The Fury of Internal Battles: "Cunning in the Tribes"39
6The Tribute: "Paying and Receiving Deference"44
7Battle Dress and Armament: "Chieftains Are as They Appear to Their Huns"50
8Aetius: "Picking Your Enemies Wisely"54
9Leading the Charge: "Responsibilities of a Chieftain"59
10The Omen of Aquileia: "The Essentials of Decisiveness"65
11Horse Holders: "The Art of Delegation"72
12Booty: "Rewarding Your Huns"76
13Attila and the Pope: "The Art of Negotiation"80
14Surviving Defeat: "There Is Another Day"86
15The Bones of Caravans Past: "Lessons Learned"91
16Ashes to Ashes: "Departing with Nobility"96
Attilaisms: Selected Thoughts of Attila101

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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JHardinKY More than 1 year ago
Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts (1985) was an appropriate book with the intentions of helping the reader to identify areas of weaknesses and strengths in his/her leadership abilities. Overall, you've got to choose those who desire to lead (Roberts, 1985).
Anonymous 25 days ago
Great book for anyone wanting to be a leader.
pratimohini on LibraryThing 8 months ago
To read a book without it being interesting is always a difficult read. I had to read this book as part of leadership traning book club. OMG, it was a very difficult to follow language for me.You would be missing anything if you didn't read this partcular one. There are plenty other leadership books out there that are worthwhile and have the same principles of leadership.
jpsnow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It's an interesting concept, but for me it failed in execution. Though far from our image of a heroic leader, Attila, the "Scourge of God," still must have had excellent charisma and leadership skills. This book uses his history as a device for framing a series of leadership messages. It didn't resonate with me. The lessons are too varied to carry any deep impact and not heavy enough for any substantial historic connection. Some of the lessons encourage cut-throat tactics we now associate with an older school of management.
hipdeep on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The central idea of this book - that Attila must've known something about people - is interesting. Roberts has a very modern interpretation of the history, which might be useful even if it's not true. Most of the book is written in an aphoristic style, which seemed refreshing at first, but gradually made me wonder if I shouldn't be reading Sun Tzu instead (or eating fortune cookies.)Oh, and fair warning: Roberts found his exclamation point key! And uses it! A lot! Just like the great Attila would!
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zrainey More than 1 year ago
I never got past the title. It was so good, I bought the book and gifted it to my director so she can keep it displayed on her desk for when management comes to visit.