And so we come full circle with leadership books. As Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Clearly, there are numerous ways leaders can cause companies to fail, but all effective leaders must create the conditions under which the efforts of their people are aligned and under which each follower can become a leader. The latter dynamic is essential because successful organizational adaptation occurs only when every person in the organization is attuned to meeting the challenges of an ever-changing competitive arena.
In the final analysis, not many books can teach you to be a great leader. But it would be foolish to ignore the wisdom contained in this selection.
Bruce A. Pasternack, [email protected]
Bruce A. Pasternack is a senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton in San Francisco. He is the coauthor, with Albert J. Viscio, of The Centerless Corporation: A New Model for Transforming Your Organization for Growth and Profit (Simon & Shuster, 1998).