Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 9, 2009 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
Although Peter Drucker, “The Father of Modern Management,” died in 2005, his timeless teachings are studied and practiced by forward-thinking managers worldwide. His lessons and wisdom on the topic of leadership—the central element of management—are in constant demand, yet he wrote little under that actual subject heading.

In Drucker on Leadership, William A. Cohen explores Drucker’s lost leadership lessons—why they are missing, what they are, why they are important, and how to apply them. As Cohen explains, Drucker was ambivalent about leadership for much of his career, making it clear that leadership was not by itself “good or desirable.” While Drucker struggled with the concept of leadership, he was well aware that it had a critical impact on the accomplishment of all projects and human endeavors. There is no book from Drucker specifically dedicated to leadership, but a wealth of information about leadership can be found scattered throughout his 40 books and hundreds of articles. Drucker’s teachings about leadership have saved many corporations from failure and helped guide others to outstanding success.

Many of the leadership concepts revealed in this book will surprise and perhaps shock Drucker’s followers. For example, who would have thought that Peter Drucker taught that “leadership is a marketing job” or that “the best leadership lessons for business or any nonprofit organization come from the military”?

Written for anyone who values the insights of the man whose name is synonymous with excellence in management, Drucker on Leadership offers a deeper understanding of what makes an extraordinary leader.

 

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Contents

New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Introduction Peter Drucker and Leadership
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Part One The Leaders Role in Shaping the Organizations Future
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Part Two Ethics and Personal Integrity
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Part Three The Military Druckers Model Organization
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Part Four Motivation and Leadership
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Part Five The Marketing Model of Leadership
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Epilogue Druckers Legacy
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Notes
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management About the Author
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New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management Index
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William Cohen, Ph.D., president of the Institute of Leader Arts, was the first graduate of Drucker’s executive Ph.D. program. About him, Drucker wrote: “My colleagues on the faculty and I learned at least as much as we could teach him.” Cohen served as major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has held executive positions in several companies, and was president of two universities. He is the author of many management books, including The Art of the Leader and A Class With Drucker.

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