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  - Jaclyn - Goodreads

Excellent, enjoyable read. Admittedly, I have a degree in history, so I may be more inclined than others to love a description of a good nominating convention. That said, Mukunda's theory is worth ... Read full review


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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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