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Speed Review: Leadership

Speed Review: Leadership

Speed Review: Leadership

A Collection of Favorite Quotations

by Rudolph Giuliani

After two terms as mayor of New York City, five years as U.S. Attorney, and two stints in the Justice Department, Rudolph Giuliani knew what it took to be a leader. Then, on Sept. 11, 2001, his leadership skills were put to the test when his city became the scene of the worst terrorist attack in history. After facing this challenge head on with exemplary bravery and compassion, he became TIME’s 2001 Person of the Year and the epitome of a leader who could stand up to adversity and successfully bring his people through to the other side of hardship. In Leadership, Giuliani illustrates his leadership principles and strategies with stories from his long history as a leader, before and after Sept. 11, and describes the results that great leadership can attain.

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A Fresh Perspective On Legendary Leadership
After two terms as mayor of New York City, five years as U.S. Attorney, and two stints in the Justice Department, Rudolph Giuliani knew what it took to be a leader. Then, on Sept. 11, 2001, his leadership skills were put to the test when his city became the scene of the worst terrorist attack in history. After facing this challenge head on with exemplary bravery and compassion, he became TIME's 2001 Person of the Year and the epitome of a leader who could stand up to adversity and successfully bring his people through to the other side of hardship.

In Leadership, Giuliani illustrates his leadership principles and strategies with stories from his long history as a leader, before and after Sept. 11, and describes the results that great leadership can attain. One statistic that points to his effectiveness as a leader is the 67 percent reduction of murders in New York City during his tenure as mayor.

Along with describing how he was inspired by the people he admires, and the importance of balanced thinking and personal experience when dealing with problems, Giuliani also explains the sources of the ideas, strength, energy and courage that helped him lead the city through Sept. 11. Although Leadership begins with a complete description of the tragic events of that day, and ends with a description of the ways he helped the city to recover from the terrorist attacks, the bulk of the book focuses on the skills that allowed the mayor to lead New York City to an amazing recovery from a history of crime, economic blight and fiscal troubles.

A Mission To Lead
Giuliani's book on leadership focuses on his personal experiences as a leader, serving as both a biography and a how-to leadership book. He places his ideas into context by describing the situations in his history that challenged them.Giuliani concludes that the most important aspects of being a leader are the values, the principles and the beliefs that define who we are, what we believe, what we do and how we work with others.

Why Soundview Likes This Book
Leadership
tackles many ideas about teamwork, ethics, accountability and honest communications. Giuliani's book is filled with colorful anecdotes and true-life experiences that illustrate how these attributes work in times of crisis and change. This book provides compelling insight into the inner thoughts and drives of effective leaders who have had a tremendous impact on others.