The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed
Dozens of top CEOs reveal their candid insights on the keys to effective leadership and the qualities that set high performers apart.
What does it take to reach the top in business and to inspire others? Adam Bryant of The New York Times decided to answer this and other questions by sitting down with more than seventy CEOs and asking them how they do their jobs and the mos...more
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Very insightful read and I had to put it down a couple of times to do a bit of introspection. The bit on delegation was powerful for me because I tend to micromanage tasks and people to the point of exhaustion. It made me think real hard about my teammates as well as my personal leaders ...more
I just couldn't really take it seriously--it was entirely too worshipful of these CEOs (many of whom do come off as megalomaniacs, as I would expect).
As a citizen of the white-collar world, I read this book with mixed feelings. One passage on page 127 is illustrative of why. Terry Lundgren of Macy's asks people, "Where is your attitude on a one-to-ten scale? I want them to be honest with their answer, but it better be high. ...more
The content is generated from interviews with CEOs, whether directly quoted or summarized. The author didn't intrude at all. There was nothing gimmicky or hyperbolic or condescending.
The book begins with interesting discussions of five characteristics that seem to be common to workers who excel. The chapter on simple mindsets would benefit many.
Those discussions are ...more
This part of the book was followed by a section on managing and one on leading, also based on talks with CEOs. There was some good advice on running meetings. Another interesting section was on what it is l ...more
I'm not a CEO, nor do I have any ambition to become one, but the ideas and experiences about effective management and leadership shared in this book are relevant on the smaller scale as well. Well worth reading for anyone in a management or leadership role, from a retail store manager to the occupant of the corner office.