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Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United

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After an astonishing career-first in Scotland, and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club- Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and lif ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Hachette Books (first published September 2015)
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I think it is. I have been in leadership roles in the past and know I could have used it then, I even picked up tips and valuable information in this book for my career in general. I recently have given this book to my manager to read, we work for a global company and he is in a high position but to get even further he applied for internal leadership course. He was accepted and asked to borrow the book. I hope my answer helps you in some way.
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Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Written as a collection of anecdotes, this book tries to condense Sir Alex's philosophy into a set of principles by which to live. In my opinion, this is not so much a book about management or leadership as it is about work ethic.

Sir Alex Ferguson typifies the stolid Scottish Work ethic, and more than anything else, this book succeeds in crystallizing that work ethic and shaping it into a coherent whole.

Do not expect any mind bending management philosophy here. Sir Alex does not magically reveal
Eduard Kutscher
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you want to know some hot news about David Beckham? About Wayne Rooney or about Cristiano Ronaldo? Yes? Then do not read this book, because you won't find here any. In this book you will find very interesting comparison of the work of football managers and of CEOs, sales managers etc. They have quite a lot in common.
I have never read such a long epilogue as the one in this book. The epilogue is really long but you will find there interesting comparison of ManU and Sillicon Valley companies.
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a second go at Sir Alex's biography, this time focusing solely on his leadership skills. A very enjoyable read indeed. But then again I found the following to be a bit annoying at times:
1. 99% of the book is dedicated at how Sir Alex has done everything right. Even sometimes criticizing his own critics and trying to defend his decisions. Perhaps a bit of modesty or sharing more anecdotes regarding the things that went wrong would have helped the tone of the book to shift sometimes.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leadership lessons aside, this book is just downright interesting. The lives of professional soccer players, their coaches and managers are just fascinating. There are quite a few nuggets of management and leadership gold layered throughout a frank assessment of Alex Ferguson's career as the manager of Manchester United. These lessons aren't on the nose at all because they're hidden among a myriad of very interesting stories about the industry. This is a great read!

I would recommend this
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
More or less what you'd expect if you invite a monstrously competitive person to spend 400 pages telling you why they were so successful. But it has lots of insight and you come away thinking that you'd want to be on the same team as him. There is a postscript by someone involved in finance in Silicon Valley which is preposterous, pondering the similarities with the world Sir Alex inhabited with the world of elite IT. Doesn't understand that whilst we might like to be as rich as the founder of G ...more
Soham Chakraborty
This is a superb, profoundly interesting account of the man who has reigned at the top of a sprawling footballing conglomerate for 26 years. There is something for everyone to take away from this book, even if you are not a football fan.

It spans the entire spectrum, covering Sir Alex Ferguson's childhood in Govan, a town in Glasgow, Scotland, his playing career and his managerial stints in three Scottish clubs before he landed at the club where quarter of a century later, he will have a bronze
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
For a Football fan like me, this was a great read. Much has been said about how Sir Alex Ferguson transformed Manchester United and it was great to know about what went behind the curtains for that transformation to take place. My book was extremely detailed in all the aspects that it covered and I think Sir Alex was fairly transparent with every aspect of his management style.

I, however, also think that Sir Alex gets very biased towards Manchester United, whenever talks around the functioning o
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to the world of Premier Leagues has been very very recent(or lets say "nascent"). However, reading this book gives immense perspective towards situations and most importantly circumstances that changed during the period Alex Fergusson managed the team . His style of writing and refreshingly lucid and is not preachy at any point. It is one of those rare books that focusses on circumstances, decisions and mistakes taken in that position. It is honest and raw. I happened to make the ...more
Gary Allen
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ferguson is a proven entity in leadership. Possessing an ability to see what others often overlook. Ferguson consistently demonstrates the importance of harnessing this skill achieving that which few dare to dream. Read every book by one of life's great thinkers and even greater listeners. ...more
Leif Halverson
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Been absolutely bored out of my nut reading this one. One incredibly bland book.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent insight into the history of the best football club and wonderful principles about life.
Nripesh Pradhan
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's nigh impossible to have a managerial reign like that of SAF in this modern era of the premier league that is all about short term success and quick results. But the interesting question isn't just how could SAF could win so many trophies as he did, it isn't just how he could conjure winning teams one after the other. The most difficult task Ferguson had was to eliminate any signs of complacency, which so frequently accompanies success. This book gives a glimpse of the discipline that served ...more
Jeff Kim
I was skeptical about reading this book (Afraid I'll find an egocentric man perhaps?)

Boy was I wrong.

This was an influential read. You don't have to be a football fan. Or a Manchester United fan for that matter to enjoy the book. Any person in a position of leadership (Or aspiring to be one) will find the book worthwhile.

This book is an effort by Sir Alex Ferguson to crystallize and articulate his management philosophy, drawn on lessons from his time at the helm of Manchester united (And Aberde
Neels Hattingh
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. I think it is more about his work ethic and how he worked with people to rebuild the clubs he managed.

Having a longer term sustainable plan and getting others to follow you there. He gives you practical advice by example, not theory from management books.

Having followed his career from the time he joined Manchester United in 1986, it is interesting to see how he approached the rebuilding of the club.

A wealth of information for anyone who works or wants to work with people. We
Paula Savioli
He was definitely one of the best in his job, but too conservative a person for my liking. Both are 2 sides of the same coin. I found the beginning of the book more interesting, but other parts were more boring and took me more time to read.
Happy Msale
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book on leadership.
Ye Lin Aung
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
If you love football and Man Utd, this is such an invaluable book.
Besides all the great leadership tips written in candid style, based on his immensely successful career as a player and a coach, Sir Alex also shed some of thoughts purely for football. The players he regretted not buying/he ended up buying and turn out to be great, the games he made the decisions right and wrong, the important games.
It also makes me think so much more about how hard it is to run, manage a club, to prepare, play
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you harbour extraordinary anticipation and are effusively enthusiastic about buying this book, then be forewarned! This is a dampener. Distilling tried and tested wine, Sir Alex has tried, albeit in utter vain to package it in a new designer bottle. But unlike his pedigree in choosing wines, or for that matter football clubs to manage, this attempt at conveying (or trying to convey) his experience in the facet of leadership falls flat just as did the move in appointing poor David Moyes as a r ...more
This book is such a pleasant surprise!

What it's not - Another glorified account of Manchester United, an insight into the scandals from Sir Alex's time, a pure football book...

It is an honest insight into the mind and manners of a football genius and a leader. With some simple and hard hitting lines, Sir Alex explains his philosophy of communication, motivation and leadership. He reflects repeatedly on the virtues of a difficult upbringing and how the ethos of hard work and dedication helped hi
Martin Smrz
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If interested in management wisdom and football/soccer this is the book to read it.

Sir Alex Ferguson amazing track record in Manchester United performance is a good reason why to start reading the book. Looking behind the scenes and have a chance to relate to many of the good players, clubs or managers is the second reason to read it. And finally his common sense and uncomplicated approach to look at all parts of leadership at the football club, which is transferable to 80% of the leadership si
Harry Lee
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
There were times (when SAF was the manager) that I wished we had another manager, especially when MU went through a poor period. It is clear that I am an idiot.

In the years post-SAF, we see the full measure of SAF's impact to MU. They have spent millions but yet have not been able to get back to the same level. Some things money can't buy.

So in his second book, we get his story but this time with a focus on how he led, how he thought through.

Success and longevity.
Luke Taylor
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite my allegiance to Chelsea FC, this book is not only a fascinating look at Sir Alex' reign of dominance at Man U, but a prime example of the many virtues of leadership, and I much relate to the pragmatic fabric of his Glasgow-born soul. Clever anecdotes included, this book is more an exhortation of determination and an exposition of accumulated wisdom than a tome of footballing triumph. ...more
Charlie Serocold
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A fairly quick read. Enjoyable - although primarily because it contained some interesting insights into the personalities of some of the players, the managers and the owners.

There are some good examples of how to get the best out of players and how to handle difficult personalities and, ultimately, there's no doubt that Sir AF's winning record is simply outstanding.
William Amerman
A little rambling. Pretty straight-forward stuff as far as the "learn to be a good leader by doing what I did" theme. Work hard. Have an attention for detail. Genuinely care about your people. Listen and observe. Nice to read some of the behind the scenes details but just okay as a book. ...more
Simon Fisher
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone in leadership or management. Ferguson's success speaks for itself and the book captures a lot of how he achieved that success through building and rebuilding successful teams and offers tips that can be applied to any field. ...more
Anil Prabhu
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Has a nice collection of anecdotes from Ferguson's playing & managerial days but that's all there is to it. Was expecting more out of this book but it turned out to be his autobiography part 2. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sir Alex Ferguson was, is and will always be one of my heroes. By reading this book I have learned a lot, not just about his life and thoughts but also about football and managing and leading.
Mike Futcher
Jul 25, 2021 rated it liked it
An interesting read, though more for Manchester United fans than for those looking to study principles of leadership. As a Salford lad who was fortunate (with regards to football, at least) to come of age during the time Sir Alex Ferguson was winning everything with the club, it was good to take a trip down memory lane and to be reminded of players and matches I had not thought about in a long time.

Ferguson's book is not an entirely candid, let alone forensic, accounting of his tenure at United,
Ayush Saran
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to the sport of football early on in my childhood at the tender age of just 6 and although I don't exactly recall my very first United game seen live, I do recall instantly falling in love with football and Manchester United, and much of that love had to do with the team assembled in the 00's and Sir Alex Ferguson, a true revolutionary of his time.
Not many coaches can boast of a long managerial career and achieving top status in all formats of the game over more than a 3
Karan Rawat
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a former Scottish football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson being regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game.
Ferguson managed East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren before a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen. After briefly managing Scotland following the death

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