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Leading Minds: An Anatomy Of Leadership

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Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership by Emma Laskin. Basic Books,1996
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 14th 1996 by Basic Books (first published 1995)
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Devin Partlow
This is a case study of a number of very famous leaders followed by the author drawing conclusions from the similarities and differences of these famous leaders.

I will say that he did a good job of picking leaders from all walks of life but I fear that readers could take his conclusions as "How to be a Leader" rather than "Here are Some Traits I Found in My Survey of Leaders".

Since I feel like the author wasn't explicit enough in stating that what his conclusions were the latter, he's penalized
Bernie May
A bit thick and academic for my tastes, but thourough and thoughtful. Worth the read if you think deeply about leadership and its future directions.
Scott Wozniak
If you're looking for leadership theories, frameworks, or even best practices this book will disappoint. But if you want a comparative biography of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, you'll like this book.

From Ghandi to Eleanor Roosevelt to Oppenheimer their lives are summed up, analyzed, and compared.

Warning: It's written very academically. The author is a Harvard Professor and it feels like a term paper. Phrases like "one would think" (avoiding using "I") and a lot of redundan
Emma Laskin
Great Book since I helped write it!!
Lawrence Linnen
Gardner defines a leader as an individual who significantly affects the thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors of a significant number of individuals. He selected the leaders purposefully to reinforce his arguments on leadership and to obtain a better understanding of effective leadership. Gardner presents case studies of Margaret Mead, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Alfred P. Sloan, George C. Marshall, Pope John XXIII, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Margaret That ...more
This book is a little stale. It's reads like a study paper, though it touts itself as presenting the stories of leaders. The presentation of the leaders is a little like crawling through mud. The first few chapters are worth reading as they deal with human development, as that happens on a number of levels, and how that development effects what a leader should do to successfully lead people. Once I finished those chapters, though, the rest of the book felt superfluous as I was reading it.
Gardner lays out the characteristics of leadership in some surprising ways. Notes that high levels of verbal intelligence, distance from father figure, and exposure to travel are commonalities. Uses unlikely and new studies (people) as examples. Fascinating. What makes a leader? Read on...
I've read other Gardner books. He is an excellent writer and researcher. While the theme here is interesting and the biographies of each of the leaders he chooses to study are ok, the book is not compelling. His others were much better and more thought provoking.
This is a cool book. i'm reading it for class, but it's basically a quick run-down of some very impressive leaders in our history. It examines the different leadership styles and what events/traits lead a person to become extraordinary. Very interesting.
Peter Bistolarides
Great on narrative. Some practical observations on leadership, but not as rich in this as one would expect
Oh, where are they in American public schools?
leaders as storytellers
What I liked most about this book is the brief biographies of each leader and how Gardner highlighted their qualities that mostly pertain to leadership. These are historical figures that I had always wanted to know more about and Gardner writes about them in a way that is useful to Inspiring leaders. He is very explicit when writing about how his work can be useful to the reader (sometimes verges on repetitiveness). His findings were pretty straightforward with nothing groundbreaking, but if not ...more
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