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The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership

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Leadership is both an art and a science. We may be tempted to look for a sure-fire formula, but the reality is quite different: effective leaders are exceptional generalists rather than narrow specialists. The best leaders take what the best business experts have to offer, and apply that based on their own abilities, experience and judgment. And these leaders seek real-lif ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by IVP Books
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For those of you who have never read anything by Peter Drucker, this is a great summary of his work by one who was both mentored by Drucker and has sought to apply Drucker's insights into several executive leadership positions including two college presidencies.

Beebe develops this book around the idea of a pyramid of 8 leadership principles that build successively upon one another. He also identifies corresponding vices and virtues for each principle:

Principle / Vice / Virtue

8. Commitment / Mela
Robert Stump
Homo Homini Lupus

The Shaping of an Effective Leader by Gayle Beebe is one part paean and panegyric to Peter Drucker, one part leadership guide, one part anecdotal thanksgiving, and one part moral instruction.

Such is the basic structure of the eight sections of the book. First is an introductory illustration showing the basic premise of the leading principle for the section; here the illustration is always couched with Beebe's experience with Drucker and his
Douglas Wilson
I read this on assignment. It was okay for the most part, with flashes of good.
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