Summary of If You Will Lead

Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders

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If You Will Lead book summary
If they can lead, so can you…“If– ” you read the right poem.


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“If–,” the famous poem by Victorian poet Rudyard Kipling, captures the essence of modern-day leadership. Leadership consultant Doug Moran offers a fascinating, instructive perspective that identifies the “If Sixteen Leadership Attributes” that Kipling’s poem describes. Moran’s well-researched biographies of historic figures illustrate qualities Kipling found essential to great leadership. getAbstract recommends Moran’s insights to students of history and to good leaders seeking to become great.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which 16 personal qualities identified in Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If–” distinguish excellent leadership;
  • How historic leaders embodied these attributes and
  • How you can benefit from their examples.


“Rudyard Kipling as Leadership Guru”
Rudyard Kipling was born in 1865 to English expatriates living in Bombay, India. At age 24, he moved to England, where he gained literary success, prosperity and acclaim for his poetry, short stories and books. Kipling won the Nobel Prize in 1907 and...
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About the Author

Doug Moran founded the If You Will Lead LLC consultancy on leadership development, coaching, organizational excellence and infrastructure.

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