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To be as good a leader as New York Mayor Giuliani, control your day, act on your beliefs, don’t assume, build a great team — and prepare for disaster.

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In Leadership, former NYC Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (with writer Ken Kurson) gives you the inside look at how he applied basic leadership principles to being Mayor, Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. Giuliani reveals how he and his key team applied these principles in the face of the Sept. 11 World Trade Tower collapse, and focuses on exercising leadership all the time. The principles may sound familiar - prioritize, prepare, take responsibility, hold everyone accountable, recruit great people, reflect and then decide, under-promise and over-deliver, develop and employ strong beliefs, be loyal and purposeful - yet the thrill comes from learning how Giuliani straightforwardly applied these principles to accomplish Herculean tasks. recommends this breezy, engaging book to business leaders, governmental managers and politics junkies.


The Basic Principles of Leadership

When New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani dealt with the calamity of September 11, he had to put an entire career’s worth of major leadership principles into immediate action: surrounding himself with great and accountable people, setting an example, dealing with first things first, and taking the time to prepare well and decide carefully. As the fulcrum for the city’s recovery, he used the ideas he had employed to transform New York, once US’s crime and welfare capital, into the country’s safest large city.

He learned leadership from many sources - from uncles who were members of the New York City Police and Fire departments to Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill and General Douglas MacArthur. He drew on principles he learned himself and on ideas developed by academics. He revolutionized inner city neighborhoods by innovatively using the broken windows theory of crime fighting, which emphasizes paying attention to minor infractions like vandalism, aggressive panhandling, graffiti, and turnstile jumping, because they contribute to a deterioration of everyday living that breeds and fosters crime.

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About the Authors

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rudolph W. Giuliani was elected mayor of New York City in 1993. Before becoming mayor, he was the Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the United States Department of Justice, and then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was voted the Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2001. He founded his New York-based consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, in January 2002.

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