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Discover the leadership secrets of the warrior who centuries ago shaped an aimless band of mercenary tribal nomads into the undisputed rulers of the ancient world - and who today offers timeless lessons in win-directed, take-charge management.

Based on historical research, and filled with illuminating maxims, this essential guide offers the wisdom of a man who unified thousands, led the charge, kept the peace, picked his enemies wisely, and negotiated brilliantly - all the vital management principles that lead to success.

Listeners will learn:

  • Never to underestimate the power of an enemy to rise against you on another day

  • Never to give a Hun a reward that holds no personal value to yourself

  • Never to arbitrate, for it allows a third party to determine your destiny

  • Never to misuse power, for such action causes friction and rebellion in the tribe and nation, and much more

    This invaluable guide will help anyone manage people much more effectively.

  • ©2009 Wess Roberts; (P)2009 Hachette

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    • Luigi
    • CHANDLER, AZ, United States
    • 06-23-13

    Great book for new leaders

    What did you love best about Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun?

    I was given this book by a colleague and friend in human resources when I became a leader in an organization that was under performing and in chaos. This was a good primer for me in learning to focus the team to a cause and do so relentlessly. The length of the audiobook made the content easy to consume.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Atilla's defeat in Rome and how he behaved after the failure.

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    Excellent reading with historical inaccuracies

    It is a very interesting book trying to explore Attila and his abilities to lead which of course were dismissed and partly abandoned by western historians.
    Although a great read with very helpful ideas found in many leadership books the problem I found was the oversimified perspective given on Attila's leadership qualities. The story serves the leadership purposes but its historical basis is weak since it does not take into consideration the fact that at the time, the collapse of the Roman Empire was eminent. Most of the places pillaged by Attila's hordes were not even defended by armies, and therefore was easy to conquer. His talent seems to lie on his ability to convince the tribes to follow him rather than he strategic and leadership qualities described in depth in this book.

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    just ok

    Would you try another book from Wess Roberts and/or James Lurie?

    it was just ok, but not great. the last chapter gives you everything you need. The rest was just a long story.

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    • Blashy
    • Québec, Canada
    • 07-11-13

    What "secrets" ??? Any leadership book has more!

    It's a very interesting book on Attila but as far as leadership goes there is nothing you will not find in other more thorough leadership books.

    This one you have to listen and then ask yourself how you would apply what he says in today's world.