Robert E. Lee scholar H. W. Crocker III is an esteemed Civil War historian. Skillfully summarizing Lee’s life, Crocker clearly extracts leadership lessons from the storied career of the South’s beloved leader and applies them to today’s business worldUnder General Lee’s management, a rag-tag army of poor farmers—vastly outnumbered, outgunned, under-supplied, and under-fed—consistently routed Union troops. Brilliantly seizing strategic opportunities, Lee stunned his foes and inspired his soldiers. He was decisive, focused, and humble. Sharing his men’s hardships, Lee spoke often with them and earned their loyalty. He found trusted subordinates who shared his vision, gave them broad instructions, and turned them loose. He didn’t micromanage or belittle. Taking blame for failure, he was lavish in praise and charitable in criticism Revered by his men, respected by his opponents, and universally recognized as a Christian gentleman, Robert E. Lee practiced—on plantation, battlefield, and campus—effective management principles. For those seeking leadership excellence, this practical work is absolutely essential.
©1999, 2000 H.W. Crocker III (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
“A masterpiece—the best work of its kind I have ever read.” (Major General Josiah Bunting III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute)
Robert E. Lee was a truly fascinating figure in American history. Unfortunately, rather than examine Lee's biography in any kind detail, Crocker grabs random anecdotes and paints Lee as some sort of Christ figure. This is hero worship, not scholarship.
As for the "Leadership" aspect, all Crocker did was spin some extremely trite life lessons such as, "be realistic" out of Lee's letters to his loved ones. Also, apparently Crocker dislikes Rock and Roll; if you found that fact random, so did I while listening. As a history student and Southerner, I'm very disappointed.
I re-listen to this book regularly. It is a bit heavy on the deification of Robert E. Lee but the lessons are genuine and useful. The history is well researched, quoting from his letters, his contemporary's letters and later writings on this historical figure.
I would have chosen a different narrator but the content more than makes up for the shortfall.
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