Review of Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?

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8 Overall

9 Applicability

8 Innovation

8 Style


Business professors Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones – authors of the best-selling Why Should Anyone Work Here? – became known with the 2006 first edition of this insightful book. Even though Goffee and Jones first offered their advice in a pre-2008 financial meltdown environment, it resonates even more powerfully today. This speaks to the rare and timeless virtues they ascribe to true leaders – virtues they insist you can develop by following their advice. Given that you can’t un-know what you already know, you may recognize some of their once groundbreaking premises about leadership from the work of a decade’s worth of other writers and consultants who studied their book and repackaged their tenets. While once astonishing and innovative, the authors’ leadership ideas have become canonical. Their updated advice on discovering your personal authenticity is the basis of most contemporary leadership guidance. Goffee and Jones communicate in a relaxed conversational tone and offer clear, actionable examples. They focus on teaching leaders, future leaders and – crucially – followers how to find their authentic selves and discover the leader within. The authors include illustrative anecdotes about leaders who exemplify their main points and themes. As compelling as these stories may be, they remain less fascinating than the authors’ moral, effective concept of true leadership. getAbstract recommends their enduring, accessible advice to leaders and managers at every level, aspiring leaders, and those who want to know themselves more thoroughly and maximize their leadership qualities.

About the Authors

Rob Goffee is professor emeritus of organizational behavior at the London Business School’s Senior Executive Program. Gareth Jones, a fellow of the school’s Center for Management Development, also teaches at Madrid’s IE Business School. He and Goffee consult together and co-authored Why Should Anyone Work Here? and Clever.


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