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

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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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  • 04-03-21

Elementary but essential

This is a content-rich summary of learning and thought about leadership. You'll get many different points of view, and you can decide what to take and what to leave. The goal is not to present a single "how-to" package but to explore a range of perspectives. I found it to be highly useful in reviewing and questioning my assumptions about my role as a leader.

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Great leadership lessons

This book was a great compilation of leadership "how to's" and lessons learned. The different perspectives and inputs were truly valuable.

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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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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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  • PS
  • 11-17-20

List of articles and authors.

Unfortunately audible doesn't provide a suitable list of article/author:

What Makes a Leader? - Daniel Goleman
What Makes an Effective Executive - Peter F. Drucker
What Leaders Really Do - John P. Kotter
The Work of Leadership - Ronald A. Heifetz and Donald L. Laurie
Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? - Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones
Crucibles of Leadership - Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas
Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve - Jim Collins
Seven Transformations of Leadership - David Rooke and William R. Torbert
Discovering Your Authentic Leadership - Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. McLean, and Diana Mayer
In Praise of the Incomplete Leader - Deborah Ancona, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge

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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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  • David J James
  • 08-28-20

I expected more

HBR is for high level executives so I did not expect quite so much stating of the obvious.

Yes there were some of interesting parts, especially anecdotes from the lives of some business leaders but you pay for that by wading through much that is tedious, repetitive and delivered in a rather boring diction.

Unfortunately I bought several of this series when the sale was on and can only hope the others are better.

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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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  • L Gidden
  • 01-23-21

Lots of great information

Really enjoyed the approaches, data and insight. Will be applying in my day to day

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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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  • Jacqueline Hogarth
  • 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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  • 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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  • Bradley
  • 10-15-21

Leadership insight

Cuts through the ocean of leadership information to provide proven information and insights into how to become a successful leader

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  • Luke
  • 03-26-21

well rounded leadership book.

A good resource overall and the individual ideas were repcaped in enough detail. However, the summaries didn't flow as well as they do in other HBR Top 10s.