Summary of The Leader's Companion

Insights on Leadership Through the Ages

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The Leader's Companion book summary
Like obscenity, leadership may not definable, but people know it when they see it.


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Do you know how ancient authorities such as Plato or Machiavelli defined leadership? What about current historians and psychologists such as James MacGregor Burns or John W. Gardner? In this excellent compilation you are sure to find your philosophical kin. Editor J. Thomas Wren presents a series of thoughtful essays on every aspect of leadership by some of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Aristotle to Gandhi, and Leo Tolstoy to W.E.B. Du Bois. Each essay seems indubitably to be the last word on leadership – at least, until you get to the next one. getAbstract recommends this book to CEOs, government officials, military commanders, clergy, supervisors, police chiefs and mayors – in short, anyone who leads others.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How some of the world’s great thinkers and scholars view leadership
  • What the current state of leadership is
  • What the relationship is between leaders and followers
  • Which leadership traits matter most


Few agree on what leadership is or how to define it. Historian James MacGregor Burns claims that leadership is “one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.” Throughout history, great minds have studied leadership and tried to explain it to others. This...
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About the Author

J. Thomas Wren, a historian and legal scholar, is a professor at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia. He has served as editor and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Leadership Studies.

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