The Book of Leadership Wisdom

Version: Abridged
Author: Peter Krass
Narrator: Richard Poe
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Penton Overseas
Published In: May 2000
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Praise for The Book of Leadership Wisdom
"For anyone who seeks to understand the nature of effective leadership, in all its many dimensions, this volume will prove invaluable." —Bob Wright President and Chief Executive Officer, NBC

Pearls from The Book of Leadership Wisdom

"You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best." —Andrew Carnegie

"There's an old proverb that says: 'If you are planning for one year, plant rice. If you are planning for 10 years, plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years, plant people.' To that I would add . . . plant them, but don't forget to move them around every seven to ten years. New eyes give rise to new ideas and opportunities." —Michael Eisner

"You must realize that it is more than money that the men want, it is a sense of ownership." —William Cooper Procter

"You can manage inventory, you can manage things, but you must lead people if you want to tap their full potential." —Ross Perot

T. Coleman du Pont, Andrew Carnegie, J. Paul Getty, A. Montgomery Ward, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Akio Morita, Jack Welch, David Packard, Ray Kroc, Bill Gates . . . they are among the most respected and influential business leaders of all time. Possessing a rare combination of business genius and true grit, these captains of industry have created unprecedented wealth for their companies and themselves, pioneered revolutionary new industries, and, in some cases, directly shaped the destinies of entire nations. Now, The Book of Leadership Wisdom affords you an unprecedented opportunity to hear, in their own words, what these immortals have had to say on the topic of leadership.

The Book of Leadership Wisdom brings together the essays and speeches of more than 50 business legends, past and present. Never before have the writings of such a large and diverse group of legendary business leaders been collected between the covers of a book. From leading change to dealing with adversity, creating vision to inspiring employees, the writings contained in this book span the whole range of essential leadership issues. For instance, you'll hear from Harold Geneen on the difference between leading and commanding, Daniel Guggenheim and William Cooper Procter on the advantages of a democratic workplace, Katherine Graham on the importance of credibility, Jack Welch and Ross Perot on leading in adversity, Ray Kroc on self-appraisal, and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on value-based leadership, to name just a few.

For easy reference, the 52 essays contained in The Book of Leadership Wisdom are organized into eight categories covering leadership qualities, dealing with adversity, visions of progress, labor relations, company culture, habits and idiosyncrasies, motivating employees, and leading change. Each essay is preceded by a brief introduction that places it in historical perspective and offers interesting and insightful information about its author's life and career. And throughout each essay, passages have been highlighted that call attention to each contributor's most pithy, profound, or quirky ideas.

Offering timeless wisdom from the most successful business leaders ever, The Book of Leadership Wisdom is must reading for managers at every level, from the junior executive cubicle to the presidential suite.

Reviews (3)

Interesting but not what I was looking for...

Written by Kelvin Z. on October 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I thought this book was interesting but boring. It was facinating and more of a history of how some big companies like HP, Coke, Motorola, etc got funded and grew. I did not feel that I could get much from their comments. However, there were parts the did help with some small tips. I was looking for a book to help improve or give tips on how to become a great leader. If you are looking for a book that teaches you a history of how some big companies got funded and think, this is it. If you are looking to improve yourself and are trying to become a better leader, try something else.

Not Bad, but Not Great Either

Written by Brett Tiller on January 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book is composed of brief statements about business made by top business leaders. While it is good to get information from the nations top personnel, their statements were mostly generalities which were lacking in methods of how to apply their philosophies and when/where they are appropriate. I'd much rather prefer an in-depth study of business practices and their application than the one provided by this book.

Book of Leadership Wisdom [abr]

Written by Chris on October 13th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic! It's great to have the luxury of listening to comments from the greatest leaders of this world: leaders such as CEOs of Coca-Cola, Microsoft, HP, Intel, and many others each have a vision that will definitely inspire anyone. Energizing, engaging and inspiring.

Author Details

Author Details

Gates, Bill

Gates is the chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation. His vision and commitment regarding personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and in the advancement of software technology.

Krass, Peter

"The legends are colorful and many. Jack Daniel, it is said, ran away to escape a broken home; was a teenager moonshiner during the Civil War; and hauled black-market whiskey, hidden under loads of meat, to the wild river port of Huntsville, Alabama, sneaking into town after midnight to avoid the sheriff and his deputies. Until now, however, no one has explained how this orphaned ""boy distiller"" went on to establish a legitimate business and create one of the most powerful and widely recognized brands in the world.

In Blood & Whiskey, renowned biographer and business author Peter Krass digs deep into the rich history of Lynchburg, Tennessee, to discover the origins and exploits of its most famous ? some say notorious ? son. What he finds is an ambitious and charismatic entrepreneur who combined a love of his craft and a natural talent for marketing with far-reaching vision and a fierce determination to succeed against all odds.

Packed with memorable accounts of run-ins with fervent teetotalers and corrupt tax collectors, as well as heartbreaking tales of struggle and privation in post-Civil War Tennessee, Blood & Whiskey tells a classic American success story with a distinctly Southern accent.

Peter Krass is the author of Carnegie, cited by Barron's as the ""definitive"" biography and selected by Library Journal as one of the best biography/business books of 2002. His other books include The Book of Business Wisdom, The Book of Leadership Wisdom, and The Book of Investing Wisdom."