A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service

By Robert M Gates, Robert M Gates
Having led change successfully at three sprawling, monumental organizations--the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense--Robert M. Gates offers the ultimate insider's look at how leaders can transform large organizations and companies. For many Americans, bureaucracy and corporate structure are code words for inertia. Gates knows that it doesn't have to be that way. With stunning clarity, he shares how simple plans, faithfully executed, can cut through the mire of bureaucracy to reform organizational culture. And he shows that great leaders listen and respond to their teams and embrace the power of compromise. Using the full weight of his wisdom, candor, and devotion to duty, he empowers leaders at any level to effectively implement his leadership strategies.


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Selection, Huffington Post 5 Political Books for Insight This Election Season (2016) Selection, Publishers Weekly Business & Economics Top 10 for Fall 2015 "Full of strong advice for good leadership. . . . Provides interesting insight into Gates's understanding of the impressive leadership positions he has held." --The Huffington Post "A guide to leading large institutions through reform and change. . . . [Gates] brings [his suggestions] to life through stories of his own powerful and critical leadership roles." --The Washington Post, Nine Leadership Books to Watch for in 2016 "The book [politicians] should all admit to reading--and actually read... Refreshingly nonideological... Mr. Gates preaches the value of civility, internal transparency, and work-life balance." --The Wall Street Journal
"The book [politicians] should all admit to reading--and actually read... Refreshingly nonideological... Mr. Gates preaches the value of civility, internal transparency, and work-life balance." "The Wall Street Journal " [Gates] brings [his suggestions] to life through stories of his own powerful and critical leadership roles. " The Washington Post, " Nine Leadership Books to Watch for in 2016" " "A Passion for Leadership "is a book that takes a pragmatic and powerful look at leadership and is a must-read for people who want to bring about a significant transformation within an organization Boldly demystifies the view that it s difficult to bring about an effective reform mainly in US institutions since they are either too big or excessively onerous The ultimate insider s perspective. "Project Management.com " "Refreshingly free of managerial jargon, Gates' directness, practicality, and palpable optimism will prove encouraging to his audience." " "Booklist, ""starred review" ""Advice that should be passed on to leaders at any season of life and particularly helpful to those new to such responsibility. Highly recommended for public and academic leadership collections." "Library Journal, "starred review [Gates] takes a powerful and pragmatic look at leadership in this book, a must-read for anyone who wants to be an agent of change Readers will be struck by Gates s humility, humor, and undeniable expertise. This practical, non-nonsense look at leadership will not only provide a useful guide but also serve as an inspiration. "Publishers Weekly" A "Publishers Weekly" Business & Economics Top 10 selection for Fall 2015 Informative, entertaining, and useful The author s real-life examples show a side of bureaucracy and of upper-level leadership not often revealed to the public A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates. "Kirkus""
A "Publishers Weekly" Business & Economics Top 10 selection for Fall 2015 "Advice that should be passed on to leaders at any season of life and particularly helpful to those new to such responsibility. Highly recommended for public and academic leadership collections." "Library Journal, "starred review [Gates] takes a powerful and pragmatic look at leadership in this book, a must-read for anyone who wants to be an agent of change Readers will be struck by Gates s humility, humor, and undeniable expertise. This practical, non-nonsense look at leadership will not only provide a useful guide but also serve as an inspiration. "Publishers Weekly" Informative, entertaining, and useful The author s real-life examples show a side of bureaucracy and of upper-level leadership not often revealed to the public A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates. "Kirkus""
A "Publishers Weekly" Business & Economics Top 10 selection for Fall 2015 [Gates] takes a powerful and pragmatic look at leadership in this book, a must-read for anyone who wants to be an agent of change Readers will be struck by Gates s humility, humor, and undeniable expertise. This practical, non-nonsense look at leadership will not only provide a useful guide but also serve as an inspiration. "Publishers Weekly" Informative, entertaining, and useful The author s real-life examples show a side of bureaucracy and of upper-level leadership not often revealed to the public A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates. "Kirkus""



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