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Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,499 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Ancelotti is Europe's greatest manager -- Paul Hayward Telegraph He's a great coach and an amazing person -- Cristiano Ronaldo There is nobody better than this international crisis manager to explain how to handle superstar players (Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale), difficult club presidents (Silvio Berlusconi and Roman Abramovich) and hysterical media ...more
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published May 16th 2016 by Penguin
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James Hartley
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good, quick read. Its not half as enlightening as a business manual as its co-writers think but as a football book, it´s interesting and Carlo seems a nice man. His view on life can be summed up by one of his stories: there is a horse standing in front of a fence - how do you get it over the fence? Some people would whip it, Carlo would stand on the other side of the fence and offer it a carrot.
Dany Garcia
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
After much anticipation I ordered this book the day it came out,

From humble beginnings on a cheese farm to professional football player and manager, Ancelloti gives you an insight into the lessons he has learnt from 40 years in football, the way he leads through building relationships with his staff and players and how he wins their hearts and minds.

This book is relevant whether you like football or not, whether you are in business or at university and only if you aspire to become something gre
Mariana Ferreira
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A delightful read, it alternates chapters in which Ancelotti describes his leading style and short pieces from players and managers who worked with him, making the short chapters perfect for an in-depth analysis of the game that is never tiresome. A light autobiography by a captivating, charming, funny man.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. It was great how they bridged the high performance of sports to business/real life.

Carlo Ancelotti walks us through his life, playing career and experiences as a manager. He explained his philosophy to ''quiet leadership''. I absolutely loved that at the end of each chapter, players he had coached spoke of Ancelotti. The players were Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, David Beckham etc.

Ancelotti is brilliant. His zen-like approach t
Sourya Dey
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sport
A well-written book which describes Ancelotti's approach to football management in the high profile teams he has managed over the years in Europe's top 5 leagues. Although a bit boring in places, there are some excellent tips on management and life in general, such as being empathetic towards others instead of enforcing the fact that 'I am the boss, do as I say.' The anecdotes shared by other people are humorous, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic asking Ancelotti 'Do you believe in God?' and on receivi ...more
Harsh Arya
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is more of a conventional "business book" than a book on Ancelotti's leading style. This book has been written exactly how Ancelotti appears - stern and direct. A bit disappointing on the flow of the writing style, but the book feels like a direct dialogue with Ancelotti. The leadership insights are quite conventional - lead by example, manage talents, manage leadership expectations etc. It almost appears that the leadership lessons are being force-fitted in Carlo's life. A life story like ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book about Ancelotti, his man management and view of life. It seems to be very much in correlation with his management style in a view of a bystander. In my opinion it is well written and writers have managed to accomplish exactly the objective, I liked that it isn't only about being a football manager but also how to be leader in general, that can be followed also in business. Actually the "Quiet leadership" is very easy to follow, at least in theory. Treat everybody with the same res ...more
Le Cuong
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book about leadership, with lots of examples from the most competitive industry in the world with the best performers. Tons of lessons learned indeed
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book for every coach/manager
Mico Go
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help-ish
Pretty biased because it's about football, and a manager I've particularly come to admire. Still a good book though, but could've been overall organized better. ...more
Alan Newton
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The key tenets of Ancelotti’s leadership style, come from what he indicates are humble beginnings;
* Respect
* Loyalty
* Value of money
* Hard work
* Importance of family

All planted early in his life and all things that resonate strongly with me.

Right from the off, Ancelotti indicates that loyalty is a critical component for him in terms of anyone who is working with him. So, it comes as no surprise that surrounding yourself with the right people is a critical component of success. People you trust,
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
See a full review on The Two Unfortunates website here. ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Carlo Ancelotti once said "Football is the most important of the less important things in the world". However the exploits of the man both as a reliable midfielder and a formidable manager seem to indicate otherwise. Football has been the lifeblood of this Italian great. He has etched an indelible mark in the world of football as a manager of repute, resilience and most importantly - results. As the collection of trophies in his enviable cabinet would demonstrate, there are very few glories that ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not really a business book like it's promising. More like one long case study that tries to sound like a business book from time to time. The biography part makes it somewhat believable but the impact is small since the key competence of Ancelotti is only praised not deconstructed. ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book containing the wit and wisdom of Italian football manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is one of sport's most famous coaches. It explains his unique "quiet" style in building a winning team and carries glowing references from his peers and players including Sir Alex Ferguson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ancelotti himself has managed the likes of AC Milan, Paris St Germain, and Real Madrid, winning multiple national titles and three Champions Leagues. He is a true champio
Andrej Virdzek
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read the book in two days and basically chewed it. It is a very easy yet an informative and entertaining read.

First of all, let me start with two points about the form of the book (one bad, one very good), then two points about the content will follow. Here goes.

(1) It is co-written by two other people, Brady and Forde, who are more interested in football from the business side (HR, PR, relationships with the board and the staff) and their approach is more academic. I am always dubious w
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting mix of an biography and the philosophy of Carlo Ancelotti mixed up with very kind words of his former players. Well worth a read and after this i'm really looking forward to the new Bundesliga Season. ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
This book opens by saying it is neither an autobiography nor an academic leadership manual, and is correct to do so, as neither aspect is covered particularly well. The biographical element is too brief, and the leadership content too mundane.

This isn't the first book to deal with leadership in football, and was just as revelatory as Mike Carson's book, ie not very. Both books struggle to include much detail, and this one has a lot of vague advice, with few lessons to be learned. One particular
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Part leadership playbook, part autobiography, this book narrates the management career of arguably Europe's most successful football coach.

Carlo Ancelotti was raised poor, the son of Italian cheese farmers. He achieved success as a professional footballer before becoming a manager. The hilights of his career have been leading an almost decade long trophy laden stint with AC Milan, winning the English Premier League with Chelsea and securing La Decima with Real Madrid.

Ancelotti is also well kno
Peter K
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always admired Carlo Ancelotti as much for his evident good humour and lack of overweening ego as for his significant achievements as both a player and a manager.

This book only served to strengthen that admiration as his care and concern for people shines through as well as his love for the game.

This book attempts to be a mixture of biography and management tome and just about pulls it off. In truth the biographical elements interested me more learning of some of the behind the scenes mac
Vishal Shah
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Books looks at the life of Carlo Ancelotti from a player at Reggiana, Palma and Milan to managing clubs like Reggiana, Juventus, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Milan and Chelsea where he won the double in 2010. This book also shows his methods on the pitch/in training, mentors whom he learnt everything from and the mistakes that he has made and learnt from.

The reason why I have marked this book as a favourite of mine is that it’s not just an autobiography about Carlo Ancelotti a player/m
Eric Kostadinov
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read and made me very excited as an Everton fan. Carlo’s emphasis is on man management and building a relationship with the players and I can’t imagine it being anything other than wonderful to work for him. I imagine he’s a very different manager to, say, Mourinho or Guardiola, who are constantly in the press, mind games, falling out with players (Mourinho!). His quiet style could be taken advantage of but his career in the game means he’s largely respected.

Found the stuff written by
Samuel Maina
We were having a conversation about which books we have read with a friend of mine and he mentioned this book probably because we were having a meal.
It was on of Ancelloti's signature to share a meal often with all members of his team. I see this with my boss.
The ability to classify different types of leaders in a team and the dynamics is quite something. I think this book taught me so much about Culture and how important it is to ant organisation because there cannot be leadership without under
Saumit Iyer
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
You know how you get off on the wrong foot? Well the prologue to the book starts off by a statement which in effect seeks to endear MBA Students and non-football readers. There’s another disclaimer. There are no “revelations”, “never heard before” stories. Mr.Ancelotti just states facts and of course underlines leadership qualities in every story. But it’s not all bad. We do get a sneak peek into the great manager’s mind. There are a few words from players and opposition managers which don’t see ...more
Martin Smrz
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite Mr. Ancelotti recent (2017) dismissal at Bayern Munich the book is very believable and full of interesting insights how he manages for performance.

The book is a cross between educational (management) and fun (Football) reading and yet it delivers the principles, how he likes to manage the talent. His approach is definitively different from some other coaches (Mourinho) but perhaps because I agree with his principles it makes a really enjoyable reading.

It is definitively recommend and am
Nguyen Thai
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A different perspective about leadership and what makes a great leaders. Football business is an excellent case study, which portrays precisely the leadership in any organizations: how to manage up the higher level, how to manage expectations from audiences (shareholders in any organizations), and especially how to manage your team to perform. The book highlights special characteristics/personalities that make Carlo stand out as a leader who puts people as a core, who devote his heart and his mi ...more
Stuart McIntosh
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book because of Carlo's recent appointment at my club. But I would recommend this to anyone interested in football, sports management, leadership and people skills. Carlo is a winner but this is more than that, it's his winning personality, understanding and take on life that is impressive. He has led greats to greatness but they acknowledge it is his greatness that got them there and shines through like a beacon to light the way for others. It is so refreshing to read some ...more
Adam Dziendziel
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read many biographies of football managers because we can learn a lot about people management under high pressure and expectation of immediate results. This book not a (auto)biography like other ones like "SAF, Football, bloody hell", "Mourinho, Nos bastidores das vitorias" or "Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning".
The tale which Carlo, authors and footballers tell us here is all about managing people in "sport corporation".
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not the book, it's the person that impresses. He has this raw practicality, natural intelligence and amazing perseverance. I have quoted him already more than I thought I would given I have no interest in football at all. Interestingly, my advice at work is taking roots more often than I would have liked!

Well, I have now an interest in football! So don't read it if you don't want to end up following European football clubs and building up an interest in the players' training!
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