[E–book] Leaders: Myth and Reality

  • Hardcover
  • 480
  • Leaders: Myth and Reality
  • Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, Jay Mangone
  • English
  • 20 September 2020
  • 0525534377

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Leaders: Myth and Reality characters ¿ 104 Ide range of eras and fieldsfrom corporate CEOs to politicians and revolutionaries He uses their stories to explore how leadership works in practice and to challenge the myths that complicate our thinking about this critical topic With Plutarchs Lives as his model McChrystal looks at paired sets of leaders who followed unconventional paths to success For instanceWalt Disney and Coco Chanel built empires in very different ways Both had public personas that sharply contrasted with how they lived in private Maximilien Robespierre helped shape the French Revolution in the eighteenth century; Abu Musab al Zarawi led the jihadist insurgency in Ira in the twenty first We can draw surprising les. This honest and humble perspective of leadership explains that leadership is not formulaic It doesn t prescribe any approach to leadership but it exposes in great detail how leadership looked from multiple perspectives It starts slow but is difficult to put down I found this book greatly enriching Thank you Stanley

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Leaders: Myth and Reality characters ¿ 104 Sons from them about motivation and persuasion Both Boss Tweed in nineteenth century New York and Margaret Thatcher in twentieth century Britain followed unlikely roads to the top of powerful institutions Martin Luther and his future namesake Martin Luther King Jr both local clergymen emerged from modest backgrounds to lead world changing movements Finally McChrystal explores how his former hero General Robert E Lee could seemingly do everything right in his military career and yet lead the Confederate Army to a devastating defeat in the service of an immoral cause Leaders will help you take stock of your own leadership whether youre part of a small team or responsible for an entire nati. Christmas present

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Leaders: Myth and Reality characters ¿ 104 An instant national bestseller Stanley McChrystal the retired US Army general and bestselling author of Team of Teams profiles thirteen of historys great leaders including Walt Disney Coco Chanel and Robert E Leeto show that leadership is not what you think it isand never wasStan McChrystal served for thirty four years in the US Army rising from a second lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division to a four star general in command of all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan During those years he worked with countless leaders and pondered an ancient uestion What makes a leader great He came to realize that there is no simple answer McChrystal profiles thirteen famous leaders from a w. What is leadership John Maxwell s definition is the most common answer Leadership is influence That s true to an extent but it s also too simple because it s leader centric as if influence flowed only one way In their new book Gen Stanley McChrystal Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone identify three myths people believe about leaders and offer a complex definition of leadership Somewhat ironically for a book that criticizes leader centricity Leaders reaches its conclusions by examining the lives of thirteen leadersFirst up is Robert E Lee the Marble Man of the Confederacy who profoundly illustrates the distance between the myths and realities of leadership Lee was admired by many white Americans for his martial valor and personal virtue That admiration was given even though Lee lost the Civil War and miserably failed the greatest moral test of the nineteenth century by defending a way of life built on white supremacy and black slavery His leadership consisted in what he symbolized then not in what achieved or rather thankfully failed to achieveThen come several chapters in which McChrystal and his coauthors pair leaders under six headings Founders Walt Disney and Coco Chanel Geniuses Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein Zealots Maximilien Robespierre and Abu Musab Al Zarawi Heroes Zheng He and Harriet Tubman Power Brokers Boss Tweed and Margaret Thatcher and Reformers Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr These leaders often exercised influence despite their personal flaws eg Boss Tweed or the immorality of their causes eg Zarawi Their profiles remind readers that leaders are flesh and blood people not statues on pedestalsTaken both singly and in pairs these profiles make Leaders a fascinating book biographically informative but also analytically shrewd As you read each short life you come to realize that leaders exercise an important role but not in the way that a simplistic definition portrays Too simple an understanding of leadership results in myths about leadership which McChrystal Eggers and Mangone describe this way The Formulaic Myth In our attempt to understand process we strive to tame leadership into a static checklist ignoring the reality that leadership is intensely contextual and always dependent upon particular circumstances The Attribution Myth We attribute too much to leaders having a biased form of tunnel vision focused on leaders themselves and neglecting the agency of the group that surrounds them We re led to believe that leadership is what the leader does but in reality outcomes are attributable to far than the individual leader The Results Myth We say that leadership is the process of driving groups of people toward outcomes That s true to a point but it s much broader than that In reality leadership describes what leaders symbolize than what they achieve Productive leadership reuires that followers find a sense of purpose and meaning in what their leaders represent such as social identity or some future opportunityThe key concepts to take away from the authors description of these myths are the importance of context relationship and symbolism in leadership According to the authors when those concepts are taken into account leadership can be defined as a complex system of relationships between leaders and followers in a particular context that provides meaning to its members This implies that leaders exercise a twofold role as a bottom up servant to enable action and a top down symbol to motivate and provide for meaning I write this review as a Pentecostal minister and editor of a Christian leadership magazine intentionally named Influence by the way Though Leaders is a secular leadership book it teaches several valuable lessons that can benefit pastors and other church leaders I ll close with four that came repeatedly to mind as I read the bookFirst as pastors and leaders in your church there is no fool proof multi step formula for becoming or producing other leaders You should have a leadership pipeline and provide leadership training for your staff and volunteers but you should also keep your eyes open for influencers who arise through other means Paul s leadership pipeline was the Damascus Road after all not the Jerusalem churchSecond share the work of ministry with others Too often we speak of what Pastor So and so accomplished at Such and such Church as if he or she accomplished everything alone But as Paul put it the congregation is a body in which every member must do its part So share the work and spread the credit aroundThird tend to your soul Jesus said Follow me Paul wrote Imitate me as I imitate Christ People will follow your leadership if you personally embody the joy and life changing power of the gospel Who you are as a leader is as important as what you do in other words because who you are as a spiritual leader symbolizes the life of meaning and eternal significance that people aspire to in ChristFourth and finally use your leadership for good Both Robert E Lee and Martin Luther King Jr were Christians And yet at the height of their leadership separated by a century they exerted influence to achieve morally contradictory goals Lee in defense of white supremacy and King in defense of racial euality At the end of the day however one defines leadership shouldn t doing the right thing be the most basic test of our leadership