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The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers

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"A book of substance that is a joy to read." - SUCCESS magazineYou don't need a big title or a business degree in order to lead with impact. What you need is practical wisdom: the insight, judgment, and strength of character that all great leaders have, but that most business schools and corporate workshops don't teach. The Greats on Leadership gets you there.

Jocelyn Davis
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 19th 2016 by Nicholas Brealey (first published April 12th 2016)
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Leah Smith
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! In fact, I had trouble putting it down. The author brilliantly uses
the classic stories of "the greats" in history to clearly and humorously teach us what it means to be an effective leader. I found it completely relevent, useful, and not just for those desiring a position in a leadership role. Ultimately it's about the art of living. A triumph!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Greats on Leadership” (published on May 19, 2016) is a marvelous book. It is a nonfiction book that expounds the art of leadership through the voice of the classics. I was initially interested in this book mainly because Jocelyn Davis, the author, turned to the classics while others explored the “study the science of leadership” on page 11. She got me thinking when she says on page 16, “Better leadership begins with two questions: What are the behaviors that distinguish true leaders from mi ...more
Prasad Shejale
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must Read for CXO and those who arw or will ne Leaders

It got me thinking . The book conectarte the great books with leadership lessons. I read some of chapters again and again
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
All books about leadership are a bit reprtative, using similar words - virtue, trust, team, character - and so on. So you'll find them here as well. But for young people the book can be inspiring. Honestly I am not a fan of this format - using fiction - to prove specific points. I would prefer real life cases. At the same time I really enjoyed a number of chapters from the book - on culture, motivation, dilemmas, cognitive biases and certainly everything on the mistakes leaders make, because whe ...more
Vladimir Chupakhin
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, career, biz, politics
I have mixed impression on this book. The main message: there is a lot we can learn from the Philosophy and Liberal Arts. It's indeed true, and author gave nice examples, yet some of them are really far-fetched.
Overall interesting, but can be much shorter.
Paul Mulner
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is among the top 3 for books I’ve ever read on the subject of organizational leadership.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed learning the facts of the examples used for 'classic wisdom', but I didn't enjoy the lessons as much.

So, interesting as a read, but not so much as a manager's help book.
Bogdan Ionescu
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jocelyn is summing up a great volume of knowledge in this book.
Mark  Barton
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will definitely recommend. One of the few books I will read again.
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