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In Leadership, former NYC Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (with writer Ken Kurson) gives you the inside look at how he applied basic leadership principles to being Mayor, Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. Giuliani reveals how he and his key team applied these principles in the face of the Sept. 11 World Trade Tower collapse, and focuses on exercising leadership all the time. The principles may sound familiar - prioritize, prepare, take responsibility, hold everyone accountable, recruit great people, reflect and then decide, under-promise and over-deliver, develop and employ strong beliefs, be loyal and purposeful - yet the thrill comes from learning how Giuliani straightforwardly applied these principles to accomplish Herculean tasks. recommends this breezy, engaging book to business leaders, governmental managers and politics junkies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Rudolph Giuliani applied basic leadership principles to serving as Mayor of New York City;
  • How he put these principles to work during and after the Sept. 11 crisis, and
  • How you can find purpose and power by using leadership maxims in a focused, effective way, as he did.

About the Authors

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rudolph W. Giuliani was elected mayor of New York City in 1993. Before becoming mayor, he was the Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the United States Department of Justice, and then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was voted the Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2001. He founded his New York-based consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, in January 2002.



The Basic Principles of Leadership
When New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani dealt with the calamity of September 11, he had to put an entire career’s worth of major leadership principles into immediate action: surrounding himself with great and accountable people, setting an example, ...

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