Learn leadership from the best—proven insights from thepower elite in business, government, and beyond
View from the Top brings readers inside the corridors ofpower and relates the personal stories and powerful findings fromthe Platinum Study, a groundbreaking study of 550 elite AmericanCEOs, senior government leaders, and nonprofit executives based onten years of research. The largest study of its kind, the PlatinumStudy delves into the domains of the elite with stories thatillustrate both the use and misuse of power across the landscape ofprominent American institutions such as AT&T, HarvardUniversity, UnderArmour, JP Morgan Chase, Bain & Company, andthe White House. The book explores not only how leaders wieldpower, but it also provides readers with insight into applying thestrategies of the successful in their own lives.
In the United States, only a few thousand individuals make thedecisions that influence the lives of over 300 million people.Whether in the government, business, higher education, or the arts,these individuals direct policy and set the terms of nationaldebates, yet remain virtually unknown. View from the Topexplores the real lives of the elite and the social worlds theyinhabit, revealing lessons about influence at the top, and theseven principles that shape those in power. The results of thePlatinum Study include unexpected truths such as:
- Being born into wealth is a poor predictor of leadershipsuccess
- One program can set you on the path to leadership
- It doesn't matter what college you attend
- A leader's best work never sees the light of day
- Time-crushed executives are better situated than most to managetheir family lives
- Crisis is the quickest way for a leader to shape aninstitution
- Working longer does not mean working better
The book examines the different paths to power and describes theessence of leadership and the fundamental traits that distinguish aleader from the pack. For anyone seeking sharpen their leadershipskills and impact the world around them, View from the Top: AnInside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the Worldprovides the roadmap to taking charge and inspiring change.
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About the Author
D. MICHAEL LINDSAY is the president of Gordon College andone of the youngest college presidents in the country. Anaward-winning sociologist and educator, Dr. Lindsay has lectured onfive continents and worked with dozens of organizations to increasetheir leadership capacities. His Pulitzer-nominated book, Faithin the Halls of Power, was listed in Publisher’sWeekly “Best Books of 2007,” and his work has beenprofiled in hundreds of media outlets worldwide. He and his wife,Rebecca, live with their three daughters on the campus of GordonCollege just north of Boston.
Table of Contents
1 Act Personally, But Think Institutionally: Develop YourNetwork Beyond Your Organization 1
2 Leadership Begins at 20: Beyond Bootstraps and Boarding School19
3 More Breadth, Less Depth: Catalyzing Your Leadership 35
4 The Essence of Leadership: Driving Productivity, People, andCulture 55
5 Strength in the Crucible of Crisis 77
6 Lead with Your Life: Because It’s Much More than a Job97
7 Lead for Good: Motivations and Outcomes 117
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