August 2, 2010

News & Opinion: You Call Yourself a Leader?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We've all seen them, the boss or CEO that lead a company to great heights, then got busted for some ugly personal flaw. This can be a big letdown if you're on the inside, and from the outside, it makes you question the rest of the company's integrity, products, service, and all sorts of things unrelated to the incident.

Hopefully, no one reading this has been that person.

To help avoid that, Richard Daft has written a great book called The Executive and The Elephant: A Leader's Guide to Building Inner Excellence. The book explores issues of impulse vs. self-discipline, and inspires leaders through exercises and personal research in management, psychology, neuroscience, and even eastern spirituality.

Not so much a religious book, but very much a self-help help book, Daft leads the reader through a complex and personal maze of self-understanding and insight, in order to be better prepared to not make mistakes, in business, and in life.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.