LEADERSHIP: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence: Essential Selections on Power…

Hardcover | August 13, 2010

byBarbara Kellerman

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"Bravo to Barbara Kellerman! Building upon a lifetime of scholarship and upon a popular course she has created at Harvard, Kellerman brings between the covers of a single volume the world's classic literature on leadership. Every thoughtful leader will find deep, rich rewards here." -- David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadership Harvard Kennedy School, Former Presidential Adviser

Bolster your leadership literacy—and improve your performance as a leader or manager.

Leadership, says author, leadership expert, and Harvard Professor Barbara Kellerman, "is all about what leaders should learn—but it is decidedly not, deliberately not, about what leadership education has lately come to look like."

Instead, Leadership is a concise yet expansive collection of great leadership literature that has stood the test of time. As Kellerman makes clear in her extensive, authoritative commentaries, every single selection has had, and continues to have, an impact on how and what we think about what it means to lead. And every single one has had an impact on leadership as an area of intellectual inquiry—as well as on the course of human history.

Part I of Leadership consists of writings about leadership:

  • Lao Tzu—on how to lead lightly
  • Plato—on tyrants and philosopher-kings
  • Machiavelli—on the preservation of power

    In Part II, you'll find examples of what Kellerman uniquely identifies as writing as leadership—works and words that thanks to their persuasiveness and power, changed the world:

    • Thomas Paine—Common Sense
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton—"Declaration of Sentiments"
    • Rachel Carson—Silent Spring

      Part III presents leaders in action—individuals who seized the moment to captivate, motivate, and lead with their singular personal power to persuade:

      • Abraham Lincoln—on war and redemption
      • Elizabeth I—on gender and power
      • Vaclav Havel—on the power of the powerless

        The selections themselves, each a classic of the leadership literature, together with Kellerman's expert commentary, make Leadership required reading for those who want to learn about, reflect on, and even apply the greatest leadership literature lessons, ever.

        Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and Harvard Business Review, and she has appeared on CBS, NBC, NPR, and CNN. She is author and editor of many books on leadership, most recently Bad Leadership and Followership. Kellerman is ranked by Forbes.com as among the "Top 50 Business Thinkers" (2009), and by Leadership Excellence in the top 15 of 100 "best minds on leadership" (2008-2009).

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"Bravo to Barbara Kellerman! Building upon a lifetime of scholarship and upon a popular course she has created at Harvard, Kellerman brings between the covers of a single volume the world's classic literature on leadership. Every thoughtful leader will find deep, rich rewards here." -- David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadersh...

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BACK COVERFor leaders, by leaders, about what it means to lead. Get the great leadership literature—at your fingertips.In Leadership, you'll find the most seminal and salient leadership lessons from among a listof great men and women, including: Sigmund FreudW.E.B. Du BoisMary Parker FollettVladimir LeninConfuciusSojourner TruthStanley...

Barbara Kellerman, Ph.D., is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has served as both founding executive director and research director for the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Kellerman has written articles appe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.07 inPublished:August 13, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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PART I: CONTEMPLATING LEADERSHIP; Chapter 1. Lao Tzu; Chapter 2. Confucius; Chapter 3. Plato; Chapter 4. Plutarch; Chapter 5. Machiavelli; Chapter 6. Hobbes; Chapter 7. Locke; Chapter 8. Carlyle, Spencer, James, and Tolstoy; Chapter 9. Weber; Chapter 10. Freud; Chapter 11. Follett, Barnard, and Drucker; Chapter 12. Burns; Chapter 13. Milgram and Arendt; PART II: EXERCISING LEADERSHIP; Chapter 14. Wollstonecraft; Chapter 15. Paine; Chapter 16. Marx and Engels; Chapter 17. Stanton; Chapter 18. Stowe; Chapter 19. Lenin; Chapter 20. DuBois; Chapter 21. Hitler; Chapter 22. Alinsky; Chapter 23. Fanon or Friere; Chapter 24. Carson; Chapter 25. Friedan; Chapter 26. Kramer; Chapter 27. Singer; PART III: LEADERS; Chapter 28. Julius Caesar (Shakespeare); Chapter 29. Hamilton and Madison; Chapter 30. Lincoln; Chapter 31. Mao; Chapter 32. Gandhi; Chapter 33. F. D. Roosevelt; Chapter 34. Churchill; Chapter 35. King; Chapter 36. J. F. Kennedy; Chapter 37. Mandela; Chapter 38. Havel