Summary of Leading

Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United

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Famed manager Alex Ferguson reveals the philosophy that drove soccer’s Manchester United to glory.


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Veteran team manager Alex Ferguson reveals the philosophy that drove the English Premier League soccer club Manchester United to sustained success. Ferguson managed Manchester United for 26 years as it won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles. Ferguson writes with Michael Moritz, chairman of the investment firm Sequoia Capital and an avid fan of soccer, which is what almost everyone in the world – except Americans – calls football. Ferguson’s advice on life and a host of subjects, most notably soccer, spring from wide-ranging discussions with Moritz. This gives the book the nice flavor of an extended conversation. getAbstract recommends his account to those who are passionately interested in leadership and soccer, both of the sports he mastered.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How veteran team manager Alex Ferguson drove the Manchester United soccer team to consistent, long-term success; and
  • How Ferguson makes use of the managerial impact of training and discipline.


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When Alex Ferguson left high school in Glasgow, Scotland, little did he think that one day he would lecture a class of Harvard MBA students about what he had achieved. Harvard honored Ferguson as the manager of Manchester United, a premier football – that is, soccer...
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About the Author

Sir Alex Ferguson became manager of one of the world’s premier football clubs, Manchester United, in 1986. He was knighted in 1999. Sir Michael Moritz became chairman of Sequoia Capital, a private investment company, in 2013.

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