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Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders

The Three Essential Principles You Need to Become an Extraordinary Leader

Rajeev Peshawaria

Publisher: Free Press, 2011 , 222 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4391-9774-5

Keywords: Leadership


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How did Alan Mulally — an outsider to the auto industry — lead such a spectacular turnaround at Ford? How did Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack keep his company from imploding even as Lehman Brothers collapsed? What is it that enables such extraordinary leaders to galvanize their talents and energy, as well as the talents and energy of those who work for them, to achieve superior performance no matter what challenges they face?

Rajeev Peshawaria has spent more than twenty years working alongside top executives at Fortune 500 companies and training them in leadership. He knows precisely what makes the difference between those who are simply bosses and those who are superior leaders, and between those who continue to rise to the top levels and those who get stuck along the way.

In this lively and remarkably empowering book, Peshawaria offers readers the opportunity to experience the highest level of leadership training available in the world. Introducing the three core principles he has observed are the foundation of the best leadership — that great leaders clearly define their purpose and values; that nobody can motivate another person because everyone comes premotivated; and that a leader's job is not to directly produce results but to create the conditions that will harness the energy of others — he details his unique and proven program for achieving leadership excellence.

Sharing a wealth of illuminating stories, from those of Mulally's achievement at Ford and Mack's at Morgan Stanley, to how Harvey Golub and Ken Chenault successfully restored American Express to long-term sustainable growth, how Neville Isdell turned the Coca-Cola company around, and the continuing prowess of Jeff Bezos in growing, he first reveals how extraordinary leaders marshal and sustain the level of energy in themselves that is required and how they enlist a core group of proficient co-leaders. He then outlines how to harness the energy and talents of those at all levels of an organization, igniting their motivation by following his guidelines for addressing their core needs. Finally, he introduces his unique Brains, Bones, and Nerves framework for developing a clear strategy for competitive advantage (the Brains); crafting an optimal organizational structure (the Bones); and fostering a highly cooperative and motivated company culture (the Nerves).

Filled with specific tips about the vital questions to ask and simple but powerful steps to follow, Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders is a manager's essential tool kit for long-term superior performance.

Table of Contents:

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  • Part One: Self- and Team Leadership
    1. ENERGIZE the Self Self-Leadership
    2. ENLIST Co-Leaders: Team Leadership
  • Part Two: Enterprise Leadership
    1. GALVANIZE Large Numbers: Enterprise Leadership
    2. B-B-N: Wiring the "Brains"
    3. B-B-B: Building Strong "Bones"
    4. B-B-B: Developing Cultural "Nerves"
    5. Common Threads, Individual Parts
    6. Nurturing the Most Valuable Intangible Asset
    • At a Glance: Summary of the Tool Kit


Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders

by Roland Buresund last modified 2013-03-06 18:31

Rating: ********** (Excellent)

I have no idea on how the author manages to write a book like this. It lacks academic references, have no real descriptions or "hype"-talk, but just a lot of stories of what good leadership is and how you could be staying on top of being a good leader (not becoming one, mind you).

It is absolutely outstanding and one of a kind book! Throw away your old self-help books and learn Brains-Bones-Nerves and what they mean in this concept and you will probably be a lot better leader when you have read it all the way through.

Undoubtedly recommended reading for any manager.

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