HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership

Narrated by: Dan Triandiflou
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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Go from being a good manager to an extraordinary leader.

If you listen to nothing else on leadership, you should at least hear these 10 articles (featuring "What Makes an Effective Executive" by Peter F. Drucker). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles on leadership and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your own and your organization's performance.

HBR's 10 Must Reads On Leadership will inspire you to:

  • Motivate others to excel
  • Build your team's self-confidence in others
  • Provoke positive change
  • Set direction
  • Encourage smart risk-taking
  • Manage with tough empathy
  • Credit others for your success
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Draw strength from adversity

This collection of best-selling articles includes: featured article "What Makes an Effective Executive" by Peter F. Drucker, "What Makes a Leader?", "What Leaders Really Do", "The Work of Leadership", "Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?", "Crucibles of Leadership", "Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve", "Seven Transformations of Leadership", "Discovering Your Authentic Leadership", and "In Praise of the Incomplete Leader".

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Loosely tied together mix of old & older Articles

I did not like just putting a bunch of articles together that had lots of buzz words and examples and minimal research.

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More distinction between articles

The articles selected are interesting. I found I had read a few of them before but it was fine to listen to the repeats again. My biggest complaint is the lack of distinction between articles. I wanted them to sort subject matter into groups or more distinctly state the title. The switch between narrators was fine, but after a few articles, I lost track of which one I was on since some of the subject matter bleeds together. Overall, it was fine but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen again.

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Must read

I loved how easy it was to follow. Very useful information and very applicable to day to day leadership scenarios.

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It's ok.

Standard business advice. One chapter is essentially a summary of "Good to Great". Not much of it is really memorable. I'd suggest reading highly-rated individual leadership books instead of this anthology of essays.

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this book was an interesting summary of many other books.some of them useful some not

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Interesting Read/Listen on Leadership!

This HBR's must-read is similar to the others in that series; It lists some very interesting and thoughtful articles and/discussions on the presented topic, in this case Leadership. There are certainly ideas that every leader (or leader to be) can use to improve on oneself! It never is too late to start looking in the mirror!!!

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meh

A hodgepodge of articles that make lots of secondary assertions (often conflicting) without sufficient background. a little arrogant in the approach.

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Great Set of Reminders!

Would you listen to HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership again? Why?

Yes, I have listened to it 2 or 3 times already. The articles are great, short, to the point, and provide value.

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This is worth your time to listen to.

Packed full of gems of insight, delivered in an engaging way. In my opinion what makes this unique is each piece is written with a sense of authenticity and respect for the readers time. In other words I learned how these leaders have all tamed their egos in a way that resembles each other - even though their content, opinions, and perspectives waver. This is why I recommend this purchase.

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Relevant to level of management!

Loved it! It covers a verity of leadership aspects. can provide strong tools for managers who take leadership seriously!

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  • Douglas
  • 11-20-19

Didn't learn much

The book describes leaders climbing a scale of competency from 1 to 5, with leaders being able to have several different characteristics "achievers, strategists, experts, etc". A host of contemporary business leader examples were given amd how they miraculously turned a failing multi-million dollar business around, often with the person in question remaining unnamed for privacy reasons - which created a sense that the whole thing was fictional - how does the author have access to what was said in private meetings?

I found the whole reasoning arbitrary, I wouldn't recommend this book.

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  • Mc
  • 03-05-20

Difficulty in navigating

This is worth a listen for anyone interested in leadership. The accompanying PDF is very limited in information and in general I found this audible offering as being limited in value, for example, as this maybe read, not as a story where you move from one chapter to the next, but dip in and out of chapters as required the lack of chapter titles in the index is frustrating.

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  • Mike
  • 06-05-16

Even for experienced managers a great listen

I came at this from a management point of view who is running a fast growing company and wants to get prepped for future pitfalls and listen to some great expert insight

This ticked all the boxes for me . I am familiar with Drucker and a few of the other writers already and enjoyed he use of real cases to enforce the messages being given

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  • Tom
  • 01-15-20

Useful if a little repetive

some great insights into the characteristics of good leaders though many of the themes are repeated. still worth your time is it's not terribly long.

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  • Yemi
  • 12-23-19

Leadership insights from the field

Helpful to essays about leadership providing some clarity on management vs leadership.

My top recommendations from the essays are:
What makes a leader?
What makes an effective executive?
Why should anyone be led by you?
Discovering your authentic leadership
In praise of the incomplete leader

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-19

Very Informative

I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I am not middle management neither an executive but found it helpful none the less.
There are further readings mentioned throughout the book that is appreciated.
Would love a follow up on the book as some of the companies mentioned has gone under this year and the future of South Africa is not so rosy as portrayed.

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  • M. Wood
  • 08-07-19

Thought provoking

Interesting and overlapping essays of relevance wherever you are in an organisation. A wide range of examp!es brings the topic alive

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  • LC
  • 06-16-19

Excellent knowledge and advice

This series of short articles packs a lot of excellent advice into a small space. Multiple different angles in quick succession helps gain an understanding about what leadership is all about. Worth listening to again.

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  • Angelo
  • 05-10-19

each chapter is a single book

I loved because it is a book composed the by different chapters, where it's just the tells a different point of view, perspective on the complex matter of a human leadership

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  • Kenzel
  • 03-05-19

Practical and Insightful listen as always!

And Just like the rest of the books in the series this provides practical Insights

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

Disappointing

More than 10 authors on this book and they are almost entirely old rich white cis men. I only listened to about 50% but I found it mostly predictable, unrelatable and disappointing.

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