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Level Three Leadership book summary


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At first glance, this might seem to be yet another standard text about management and employee relations. You’ll be pleased to find that, instead, author James G. Clawson has written an engaging book about history, human psychology and the modern workplace. He offers intriguing insights, strong research and even a New Age wrinkle or two, with a few well-placed comments about meditation, inner vision and martial arts. Despite a few redundant passages, this is not a dry HR manual, though it provides helpful professional charts and summaries. With its you-need-to-know-this-now tone and its comments about gravity, magic and inner vision, the book is actually fun. getAbstract recommends it to managers at all tiers, to employees seeking advancement and to MBA candidates.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to cultivate the mindset of a "Level Three" leader;
  • Why managers need a strategic plan and a fixed moral center;
  • How to understand your employees’ goals, values and motivations; and
  • Why you must manage yourself before attempting to manage others.

About the Author

James G. Clawson, a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, previously taught at the Harvard Business School, Northeastern University and the International University of Japan.



The Executive Viewpoint
Do not be deluded about management. There are no magic spells or secret incantations. Leadership does not rest on grandiose titles or corner offices. Those are just its trappings. The real key to the executive suite is having a leader’s viewpoint.


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