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Wess Roberts draws on the life experiences of the leader of the Mongol hordes to craft imaginative monologues on leadership - an attribute as valuable today as when Attila united the Huns in 415 AD. The advice is general. Its effectiveness probably depends on how well you apply it, although the idea of an historic icon of barbaric vengeance counseling us in cultural sensitivity seems a bit of a stretch. While the treatment is certainly colorful, you might worry about ways some modern-day chieftains could misuse Roberts’ principles to justify their own Visigoth approach to management. getAbstract recommends this book to those looking for new and interesting ways to approach the perpetual management issues of team-building, inspiring loyalty, setting goals, and achieving objectives.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What leadership lessons you can learn from Mongol leader Attila the Hun;
  • Why achieving your objectives through negotiation is preferable to confrontation; and
  • How to finish on top when confronted with obstacles.

About the Author

Wess Roberts, Ph.D., is a California-based writer who offers management lessons drawn from offbeat topics. His other books include Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Protect Your Achilles Heel: Crafting Armor for the New Age at Work, Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun, and Straight A’s Never Made Anybody Rich: Lessons in Personal Achievement.



The Attila School of Management
Attila the Hun is an unlikely subject for the study of leadership. Against all odds, Attila united barbarian hordes into a nation of Huns against. He was driven to accomplish his objectives to the point of executing opponents who stood in the way. While ...

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