• Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

  • By: Wess Roberts
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

By: Wess Roberts
Narrated by: James Lurie
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Knocks you down with the force of a horde

    I have had a copy of this book since it was first released what seems like eons ago. I have probabaly read it once every other year, just to keep my head straight. In fact, This is part of a rotation that I re-read so that I can beeter myself and keep on the path of perfection. Perfection is a road, not a destination. I include the Prince, the Art of War, Maxims and Reflections, Collected Maxims,and the Book of Five Rings as part of my bi-annual reading list, and feel that they do help me maintian my center. The Prince may seem a little out of place, but I feel that it helps me understand people, and I do not have to employ Machiavelli's strategies to learn from them. The same thing goes with this book. LSoAtH is not about conquering people. more tha it is is endearing them to you. I think one of the biggest lessons I learned in my first reading way back when came with the addum Never to give a Hun a reward that holds no personal value to yourself. This is so simple a statement, but its truth is so overwhelming. If you give your employee of the year a cupcake for their service it shows just how much you value them. A gift from you to anyone should hold personal value. This will limit the amount of time that you actually gift something to others. It will also make the act more appreciated. Giving something away everyday devalues the act as much as never sharing. When you do bequethe something make sure it has gravity. make sure it has impact. That is justy one lesson.

    I really love this book, and feel that for all the hype Atilla gets (yes, he conquered a lot of people, but it wasn't when the Roman Empire was at its height), his prowess on the battle field was really secondary on his ability to maintaint bonds. It is no wonder his empire collapsed after he died.

    Lurie is an excellent choice for a narrator. His voice is deep and gravelly, and really fills every word with weight. He reads this as plain text, and does not inject his own emotions onto the text, but still manages to keep it from becoming booring. I enjoyed his work a great deal. I also appreciate that the cover is the same as it has been since I first got the book. I hate it when publishers change covers over time to freshen up an older book. This book stands very well on its own. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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    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.

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    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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    tough listening

    interesting but difficult to follow. I know they tried to weave history with philosophy but it didn't work for me.

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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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    Ross Perot!

    This was truly inspiring especially, since I found out that H Ross Perot had a hand in the promotion of it.

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    It’s just alright

    I wasn’t sure what to expect however I was told by multiple people to give this book a read (listen).

    While the author explains how his work was heavily scrutinized by historians and other school, I couldn’t help but have the occasional thought “how do you know Attila would say that?”. The author talks as if he was Attila and that was hard for me to believe.

    There were some good leadership tips but I don’t know if I would read it again.

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    Great book

    I have enjoyed this book move than I expected. It is ever will written. As a book of theory you can see the thought of the author.

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    Attila was no barbarian

    It is so easy for false narrative to take root, Attlia was educated and astute as leader than we were led to believe.

    As for the book, it was narrated exellently, well directed and the leadership principles outlined are still valuable today.

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    A Great Leader

    Attila the Hun was a strategic leader, and the book give a lot of insight into how he leads. He supported his chieftains and made sure they were held accountable and that helped him duplicate his style from top to bottom. This book was standard reading when my father was a Manager 30 years ago, and I found much of the information still pertinent today.