The Essence of Leadership : The Four Keys to Leading Successfully
Edwin A Locke
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The Essence of Leadership presents a model for successful leadership that is based on real leaders rather than abstract theory. Edwin A. Locke examines the styles and methods of corporate giants and distills their common characteristics and skills into a prototype for effective leadership that any aspiring corporate or organizational leader can follow. His model is based on four elements a leader possesses: motives and personal traits; knowlege, skills and ability; vision; and the capacity to realize that vision. Locke shows how his model works in the real world by applying it to David Garvin's study of sixteen Japanese and American manufacturers of air conditioners. From these real-life examples, Locke concludes that it is indeed leadership that makes or breaks the success of a company. General readers looking for practical guidelines to effective leadership will be especially interested in this book.
"As I took the time to appraise privately some of the leaders I know in the business and financial communities, I was struck by the validity and simplicity of the qualities included in the book's leadership model. It is clear that the author is talking about real people. I hope our country will be favored in the future, with so many leaders who will emulate ever more closely the leadership standards so soundly articulated in this book."
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About the Author
Edwin A. Locke (College Park, MD) has spent many years researching the ultra-wealthy and teaching a related MBA course at the R. H. Smith School of Business and Management, University of Maryland. He is also the author of The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators.
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