Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter

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Harvard Business Press, 2012 - Business & Economics - 301 pages
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Will your next leader be insignificant—or indispensable?

The importance of leadership and the impact of individual leaders has long been the subject of debate. Are they made by history, or do they make it?

In Indispensable, Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda offers an enticingly fresh look at how and when individual leaders really can make a difference. By identifying and analyzing the hidden patterns of their careers, and by exploring the systems that place these leaders in positions of power, Indispensable sheds new light on how we may be able to identify the best leaders and what lessons we can learn, from both the process and the result.

Profiling a mix of historic and modern figures—from Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill and Judah Folkman—and telling the stories of how they came to power and how they made the most important decisions of their lives, Indispensable reveals how, when, and where a single individual in the right place at the right time can save or destroy the organization they lead, and even change the course of history.

Indispensable will also help you understand this new model so you can use it in your own life—whether you’re a citizen casting a ballot, an executive choosing your next CEO, or a leader trying to make your mark.
  

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Review: Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter

User Review  - Mastmaula Ram - Goodreads

this book provides great insight about what is the people's thinking when they acccends to the leadership roles. The great homogeneity of leadership thought is well established. The way theory is ... Read full review

Review: Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter

User Review  - Mike Dorman - Goodreads

Dry Boring Academic Unrealistic Theory smacks of tweaking the facts to agree with the assumptions. Struggled through the first three chapters, but I don't feel it is worth finishing. I was hoping for an account of leaders that make real differences in our world. This isn't it. Read full review

Contents

three It Is the Whole Colony
37
four The Best of Us
63
five We Can Always Depend on Mr Wilson
97
six Crashed into Ruins
125
seven We Shall Never Surrender
155
nine The Tragedyand Potential Triumph
219
Acknowledgments
241
Notes
251
Bibliography
275
Index
291
AbouttheAuthor
301
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About the author (2012)

Gautam Mukunda is an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Before joining the HBS faculty, he was the National Science Foundation's SynBERC Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies. His research focuses on leadership, international relations, and the political, economic, and social implications of innovation and technological change.

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