Summary of Nelson's Way

Leadership Lessons from the Great Commander

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Nelson's Way book summary
Admiral Nelson was a hero and a vigilant, inspiring leader. It is possible to be both, even if you're not at sea.


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In an age where true heroism seems dead, it's no surprise that modern leaders feel compelled to look to history for suitable role models. The British war hero Admiral Horatio Nelson is such a figure, although his brand of heroism wasn't as perfect as you might hope. Stephanie Jones and Jonathan Gosling, unabashed Nelson fans, analyze his life, finding both inspiration and ambiguity in his exploits. Nelson was a great leader, true, but also a reckless one who sought glory and flouted convention. This intriguing study of his life offers advice and examples that remain useful two centuries after his death. getAbstract recommends this swashbuckling biography and guide to leaders and would-be leaders who want a fresh look at management theory in practice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Admiral Horatio Nelson managed his career and his battles to greatest effect; and
  • How Nelson embodied eight principles of leadership: "heroism, vocation, courage, passion, loyalty, diligence, inspiration and glory."


A History Book Hero with Modern Management Tendencies
Horatio Nelson is one of the great military figures of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His daring strategies and gritty style brought him victories and glory, and secured Britain's place as the ruler of the seas...
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About the Authors

Stephanie Jones, Ph.D., is a former management consultant who lectured at the London School of Economics. She is now a fellow at the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter, where Jonathan Gosling is the director. He has written for the Harvard Business Review and the MIT Sloan Management Review.

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