Summary of Decent People, Decent Company

How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life

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Decent People, Decent Company book summary
Real leaders take personal responsibility, respect others and lead with genuine integrity.


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Robert L. Turknett and Carolyn N. Turknett wrote this book before the corporate scandals of Enron, Tyco and WorldCom, so their emphasis on integrity as a crucial component of leadership is prescient. They believe in emotional and life balance rather than ambition, and cooperation rather than competition. Every chapter is full of examples of people who have taken leadership roles based on these values, showing that it is, in fact, possible. getAbstract recommends this book to leaders and aspiring leaders – whether of organizations, companies, departments, or even social or family groups – who wish to find out how they, as individuals, can lead with integrity. Leaders who truly believe in what they are doing and the people they are leading will embrace the challenge of further developing themselves using this leadership character model.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why leadership begins with integrity
  • Why leading with integrity requires both respecting others and taking personal responsibility
  • How to use the “leadership character model” to improve your leadership skills
  • How to use “effective self-management” (ESM) to control your emotions


Integrity is the Foundation
Miep Gies, whose name any reader of The Diary of Anne Frank will recognize, did not believe she achieved anything remarkable in protecting the Frank family and their friends, or in saving Anne's diary from destruction. "I am not a hero," she said. "I just did...
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About the Authors

Robert L. Turknett and Carolyn N. Turknett co-founded a consulting organization that works with CEOs, executives and leaders of large organizations.

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