Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership

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BasicBooks, 1996 - Political Science - 400 pages
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"Leading Minds" addresses a crucial and often ignored component of leadership -- the mind. What distinguishes the mind of an effective leader, and what is the mentality of his or her followers? Gardner links the study of creativity with the study of leadership to demonstrate the many similarities between traditional creators (artists and scientists) and leaders in business, politics and the military. He argues that the key to leadership is the creation of an arresting story -- one that grabs the followers' attention and inspires them to greater efforts. In portraits of a wide range of leaders -- from Oppenheimer to Gandhi -- Gardner re-creates each of their stories, shows where each fits in the matrix of "leader archetypes," and reveals the ways in which they ultimately succeed or fail."Gardner elaborates a plausible typology of leadership and identifies several core characteristics of leaders....persuasive." "--New York Times Book Review"

"Superb."--Warren Bennis, "Harvard Business Review"

"Once again, Gardner brings his brilliant intuition and analytic skills to the study of human excellence."--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

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Review: Leading Minds: An Anatomy Of Leadership

User Review  - Scott Wozniak - Goodreads

If you're looking for leadership theories, frameworks, or even best practices this book will disappoint. But if you want a comparative biography of the most influential leaders of the 20th century ... Read full review

Review: Leading Minds: An Anatomy Of Leadership

User Review  - Bernie May - Goodreads

A bit thick and academic for my tastes, but thourough and thoughtful. Worth the read if you think deeply about leadership and its future directions. Read full review

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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award in education. In 2000, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Howard Gardner is professor of education and co-director of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and adjunct professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the author of thirteen books, including Frames of Mind.

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