Synopses & Reviews
"Bravo to Barbara Kellerman! Building upon a lifetime of scholarship and upon a popular course she has created at Harvard, Kellerman brings between the covers of a single volume the world's classic literature on leadership. Every thoughtful leader will find deep, rich rewards here."
-- David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadership Harvard Kennedy School, Former Presidential Adviser
Bolster your leadership literacyand improve your performance as a leader or manager.
Leadership, says author, leadership expert, and Harvard Professor Barbara Kellerman, "is all about what leaders should learnbut it is decidedly not, deliberately not, about what leadership education has lately come to look like."
Instead, Leadership is a concise yet expansive collection of great leadership literature that has stood the test of time. As Kellerman makes clear in her extensive, authoritative commentaries, every single selection has had, and continues to have, an impact on how and what we think about what it means to lead. And every single one has had an impact on leadership as an area of intellectual inquiryas well as on the course of human history.
Part I of Leadership consists of writings about leadership:
- Lao Tzuon how to lead lightly
- Platoon tyrants and philosopher-kings
- Machiavellion the preservation of power
In Part II, you'll find examples of what Kellerman uniquely identifies as writing as leadershipworks and words that thanks to their persuasiveness and power, changed the world:
- Thomas PaineCommon Sense
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton"Declaration of Sentiments"
- Rachel CarsonSilent Spring
Part III presents leaders in actionindividuals who seized the moment to captivate, motivate, and lead with their singular personal power to persuade:
- Abraham Lincolnon war and redemption
- Elizabeth Ion gender and power
- Vaclav Havelon the power of the powerless
The selections themselves, each a classic of the leadership literature, together with Kellerman's expert commentary, make Leadership required reading for those who want to learn about, reflect on, and even apply the greatest leadership literature lessons, ever.
Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and Harvard Business Review, and she has appeared on CBS, NBC, NPR, and CNN. She is author and editor of many books on leadership, most recently Bad Leadership and Followership. Kellerman is ranked by Forbes.com as among the "Top 50 Business Thinkers" (2009), and by Leadership Excellence in the top 15 of 100 "best minds on leadership" (2008-2009).
Kellerman provides expert analysis of the works of history's greatest authorities on leadership--theorists and practitioners alike--and offers keen insight on applying it to any business situation.
For leaders, by leaders, about what it means to lead. Get the great leadership literatureat your fingertips.
In Leadership, you'll find the most seminal and salient leadership lessons from among a list of great men and women, including:
W.E.B. Du Bois
Mary Parker Follett
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Noted author, leadership expert, and Harvard Professor Barbara Kellerman illuminates these great insights and puts them into historical context, explaining how and why they are relevant to you in your capacity as leader, visionary, entrepreneur or, simply, student of leadership.
Sometimes practical, sometimes philosophical, always enlightening and enlivening, the selections in this volume are timeless and universal. They are the classics of the leadership literatureinforming and expanding the minds of those who want to lead, and those who want, simply, to know leadership.
Indispensable business leadership advice from historys best and brightest!
What could Gandhi, Machiavelli, and Peter F. Drucker possibly have in common? They all have valuable advice for you, the business professional. Their words of wisdom, along with those of more than 40 other luminaries of history, are contained in On Leadership.
Barbara Kellerman, one of todays most highly regarded scholars of leadership and the qualities shared by outstanding leaders, provides expert analysis of the works of historys greatest authorities on leadershiptheorists and practitioners alikeand offers keen insight on applying it to any business situation.
On Leadership contains writings from some of historys most influential figures, ranging from Lincoln to Lenin, Hobbes to Havel, and Machiavelli to Marx. Kellerman chose her entries based on their contemporary significance regarding power, authority, and influence, and she clearly explains how todays business leader can put the words of the masters to practical use.
Providing a remarkably wide scope of perspectives, including history, psychology, philosophy, and government, On Leadership is an eminently instructive book for any leader in any field.
Table of Contents
Part I: Contemplating Leadership
Lao Tzu, Confucius, Plato, Plutarch, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Carlyle, Spencer, James, Tolstoy, Weber, Freud, Follett, Barnard, Drucker, Burns, Milgram, Arendt
Part II: Exercising Leadership
Wollstonecraft, Paine, Marx and Engels, Stanton, Stowe, Lenin, DuBois, Hitler, Alinsky, Fanon, Carson, Friedan, Kramer, Singer
Part III: Leaders
Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), Hamilton, Madison, Lincoln, Mao, Gandhi, F. D. Roosevelt, Churchill, King, J. F. Kennedy, Mandela, Havel
About the Author
Barbara Kellerman, Ph.D., is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Universitys John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has served as both founding executive director and research director for the Kennedy Schools Center for Public Leadership. Kellerman has written articles appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and Harvard Business Review.
Table of Contents
PART I: CONTEMPLATING LEADERSHIP
; Chapter 1.
Lao Tzu; Chapter 2.
Confucius; Chapter 3.
Plato; Chapter 4.
Plutarch; Chapter 5.
Machiavelli; Chapter 6.
Hobbes; Chapter 7.
Locke; Chapter 8.
Carlyle, Spencer, James, and Tolstoy; Chapter 9.
Weber; Chapter 10.
Freud; Chapter 11.
Follett, Barnard, and Drucker; Chapter 12.
Burns; Chapter 13.
Milgram and Arendt; PART II: EXERCISING LEADERSHIP
; Chapter 14.
Wollstonecraft; Chapter 15.
Paine; Chapter 16.
Marx and Engels; Chapter 17.
Stanton; Chapter 18.
Stowe; Chapter 19.
Lenin; Chapter 20.
DuBois; Chapter 21.
Hitler; Chapter 22.
Alinsky; Chapter 23.
Fanon or Friere; Chapter 24.
Carson; Chapter 25.
Friedan; Chapter 26.
Kramer; Chapter 27.
Singer; PART III: LEADERS
; Chapter 28.
Julius Caesar (Shakespeare); Chapter 29.
Hamilton and Madison; Chapter 30.
Lincoln; Chapter 31.
Mao; Chapter 32.
Gandhi; Chapter 33.
F. D. Roosevelt; Chapter 34.
Churchill; Chapter 35.
King; Chapter 36.
J. F. Kennedy; Chapter 37.
Mandela; Chapter 38.