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In many areas of human endeavor, from politics to business, leadership is the road to higher accomplishments. The best leaders groom future leaders, not just those near the top, but throughout the ranks of their organizations. Thus business leaders create “winning organizations.” In his 1997 classic, reissued in 2002, best-selling author Noel M. Tichy, writing with researcher and consultant Eli Cohen, explains how leaders lead, how they function as true teachers, and how they ensure that worthy successors will follow them. While Tichy’s real-world leadership examples from the 1990s may sport a few cobwebs, they offer timeless lessons. You can put these lessons into practice at your company using the handy workbook Tichy includes. getAbstract recommends this practical, insightful guide to those interested in leading and in teaching others to lead.

About the Authors

Noel M. Tichy also wrote Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will. He teaches at the University of Michigan. Eli Cohen is a business consultant.



The “Engine” That Drives Accomplishment

To succeed in life, become a leader and help others become leaders, too. Leadership drives accomplishment and builds “winning companies.” Leaders in winning organizations teach others. They possess developed, thoughtful philosophies and worldviews that enable them to instruct future leaders. Such leaders create organizations that are “Leadership Engines, where...they actively develop the next generation of leaders.”

Anyone Can Lead

Leadership abides in everyone. The ability to lead is not reserved only for the “favored few in the executive suite.” Winning companies cultivate leaders at all levels of the organization. These firms demonstrate “sustained excellence” in the marketplace. They recognize that the pace of change demands anticipating new developments and reacting quickly. When grooming tomorrow’s leaders, you are establishing your place amid bright people – an army of “mini-CEOs” positioned to make good calls and execute them well. To be a leader and to develop other leaders, you must have these assets:

  • “Ideas” – You know what it takes for your business to succeed and what must be done...

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