Advertisement

December 30, 2004

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects--Nightly Business Report presents Lasting Leadership

By: Jack @ 5:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Nightly Business Report presents Lasting Leadership: What You Can Learn From the Top 25 Business People of our Times by Mukul Pandya and Robbie Shell, Wharton School Publishing, 250 Pages, $26.95 hardcover, November 2004, ISBN 0131531182
Who doesnt want to know about leadership? It is a discipline that has been called an art by Max DePree and dissected by countless academics. Wharton School Publishing has created, in collaboration with Nightly Business Report (NBR) and Knowledge@Wharton, a perfect book for those of us who like to discover how leadership is done.
The book identifies the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 yearsside note, I didnt make it. The NBR viewers nominated more than 700 business people from around the worldonce again, I was skipped. A panel of six Wharton judges selected the top 25. Seriously, it is a great list. Iacocca, Welch, Branson, Buffett, Bezos, and Kelleher. The panel was asked to pick the best of the 25. Andy Grove won that honor. 2 of the 25 have diedSam Walton and Mary Kay Ashand they interviewed 15 of the remaining 23.
They have identified eight characteristics that have enabled the 25 individuals to overcome major challenges as well as create their own leadership style.
Building a strong corporate cultureHerb Kelleher.
Truth tellingPeter Drucker, Bill George
Finding and catering to under-server marketsJohn Bogle, Charles Schwab
Seeing the invisibleSteve Jobs, Ted Turner
Using price to build competitive advantageJeff Bezos
Managing and building their organizations brandOprah Winfrey, Lee Iacocca.
Being a fast learnerLou Gerstner, Bill Gates.
Managing riskAlan Greenspan, Peter Lynch.
The history and challenges of these 25 leaders are thoroughly covered with tidbits of information on side bars, which includes detailed information on birthdays, marriages, schooling and highlights in their respective careers. What's great about this is that you can pick and choose what you want to read and everything is in bite-sized morsels. The stories ends with what is titled "The Leadership Lesson" which gives further insight into how these 25 leaders got to be where they are. Their stories are told with many verbatim quotes, which really helps this book to be both interesting and motivating. This makes it a great holiday gift book for anybody in business.
BTW, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING THE FREE MONTHLY REVIEWS I DO, JUST EMAIL ME AT JACK AT 800CEOREAD DOT COM AND I'LL PUT YOU ON THE LIST.