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Leaders

Myth and Reality
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Business, Management
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Leaders by General Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone, read by Paul Michael. 

Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has studied leadership his whole adult life, from his first day at West Point to his most recent work with the corporate clients of the McChrystal Group. In this follow-up to his best sellers My Share of the Task and Team of Teams, McChrystal explores what leadership really means, debunking the many myths that have surrounded the concept. He focuses on 13 great leaders, showing that the lessons we commonly draw from their lives are seldom the correct ones. 

These include: 

Founders: Walt Disney built his empire thinking he was a man of the people but was actually a bit of a tyrant to the working man. Coco Chanel hid her humble background to pretend she was an aristocrat but was obsessed with making clothes for the common people.

Zealots: Maximilien Robespierre whipped his revolutionaries into a frenzy through his writing while Abu Musab Zarkawi moved on the front lines of the battlefield, winning over his followers through his personal charisma.

Power brokers: Margaret Thatcher and Boss Tweed, whose respective reigns depended on the networks they cultivated.

Other leaders profiled include geniuses Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein, reformers Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr. and heroes Harriet Tubman and Zheng He.

Ultimately, McChrystal posits that different environments will require different leaders and that followers will choose the leader they need. Aspiring leaders will be best served not by cultivating a standard set of textbook leadership qualities but by learning to discern what is required in each situation.

©2018 Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers & Jason Mangone (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Excelent book, for everyone and for every time.

Subtle, energetic and flavoured with a charismatic style, this book will allow you to understand the social dynamics of the human beings. Enjoy the book for you, first of all...

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  • 11-06-18

The best I’ve listened to this year

An in-depth look at what leadership is/thought to be and differing approaches to it. So many lessons gleaned from it. A thoroughly enjoyable read. If any criticism it’s that coverage of some of the examples was maybe not thorough enough but I can see why they did that for brevity.

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  • Anna
  • 06-22-19

4/5 - decent story, good narration @1.25 speed

Disagree with the selection of some of the characters. There were more types of leaders to chose from. Why not talk about someone who failed? Or an example of someone who was a bad leader? Good listen overall and maybe a follow up book required.

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  • Uche
  • 02-03-19

Exceptional Insight to Leadership

Having read the other 2 books by General McChristal, I admired his style of leadership & thought he had a good handle on leadership, but he used this book to suggest otherwise by questioning his leadership credentials and results. Now that takes serious guts & deep reflection.

This book book is simply remarkable!! It covers a good blend of leaders and to my pleasant surprise didn't just include the typical white male. African, Chinese & Arab leaders were explored. Most importantly, women were also featured in order to give this piece a well intentioned all-round view of the topic. I like that the authors were clear from the beginning that there's no such thing as good or bad leadership rather, emphasis was placed on the effectiveness of leadership. The ultimate conclusions of this piece was quite humbling & unexpected.

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  • Dave Bremers
  • 04-21-19

spectacular

Mind blowing. Well written, conceived and performed. A must have book and I have ordered it in duplicate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

too few women in leadership roles?

I am confused about the authors idea that the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles can be attributed to toxic ideas in people's minds about leadership. In this part he did not lay out clear arguments as to why underrepresentation of women stems from toxic ideas in society.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-19

A new perspective of leadership

I would recommend anyone who has an interest in leadership, history or society to read not only this book but others written by the author.