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How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers Paperback – 1 November 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1982158751
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1982158750
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David M. Rubenstein is the author of The American Story and cofounder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest and most successful private equity firms. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA's David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. The host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS, he lives in the Washington, DC area.

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Laurel Mellin
1.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Say How To Lead - Superficial Interviews that Make the Stars Happy but Fail the Reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow me! [motto of US Infantry]
Reviewed in the United States on 8 September 2020
“How to Lead” is a fascinating book. I happened to learn about it by watching John Dickerson’s TV interview of David Rubenstein several days ago. What really got me interested was Rubenstein's summary of his book and his list of leadership traits (he mentions more and mostly different ones in his book): Ability to 1. Focus, 2. Communicate, 3. Set priorities, 4. Be humble, 5. Use humor, 6. Inspire and rise to the occasion. He also said that leadership was heavily dependent upon the ability to learn from what one did wrong and, perhaps most importantly, upon the ability to persuade (orally like John F. Kennedy; written like Thomas Jefferson; or by example like George Washington).

While there is no summary as such in the book, Rubenstein does have a fine introduction, discussing his life history and the leadership success he has enjoyed. In this section, he also gives, as more or less a heads-up or reverse-summary (to discern amongst the details that will follow), a somewhat new list of 13 leadership traits he’s found common in his surveying interviews of 31 fairly well-known leaders. The interviews are blocked as chapters in terms of six leadership types, with usually five interviews per type: 1. Visionaries (e.g., Jeff Bezos), 2. Builders (e.g., Phil Knight), 3. Transformers (e.g., Tim Cook), 4. Commanders (e.g., Colin Powell; here Presidents GW Bush and Clinton share a chapter), 5. Decision-makers (e.,g Anthony Fauci), 6. Masters (e.g., Coach K).

With each chapter, Rubenstein starts with an artist’s image of the leader, an important quote coming from the interview, Rubenstein’s overview of the leader, and the interview itself. The interviews are wide-ranging, with some questions very focused, others open-ended. In each case, the conversation is enlightening, engrossing, and often-times salted with Rubenstein’s own particular brand of eye-twinkling, tongue-in-cheek humor. One will definitely learn a lot, not only about a leader’s particular philosophies and general experiences, but the answers to many curious personal items and the secrets observers may have heretofore only wondered about. As well, little known trade insights are freely sprinkled throughout, such as why and how Bill Gates came up with Control/Alt/Delete.

After the final interview, Rubenstein ends his book with acknowledgments and short resumes of his leadership interviewees.

Bottom line, I think you’ll find this a unique, well-researched, and engaging must-read for your leadership library.

9/12/2020 Edit: Given some critical reviews of Rubenstein's book, I reread the chapter on Bezos and can see how someone might not like it if they were looking for a cookbook of specific recipes on how to lead at a particular level. I would say that the concepts are there if you look for them, but they're not in recipe form. For those concerned, I recommend they take advantage of the Amazon "Look Inside" function before buying.

Of possible interest: [[ASIN:1986671054 Strategy Pure and Simple: Essential Moves for Winning in Competition and Cooperation]] and
[[ASIN:1537323377 George Washington's Liberty Key: Mount Vernon's Bastille Key – the Mystery and Magic of Its Body, Mind, and Soul]], a best-seller at Mount Vernon. “Character is Key for Liberty!”
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't bother - just search Google and you'll get better insights
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Reviewed in the United States on 6 September 2020
I purchased both the kindle and Audible version of the book – on the day it was released. Why because I thought it would be an opportunity to learn more about the ability to lead from those who have done so in diverse disciplines under diverse circumstances and from diverse backgrounds. I also attended the virtual book launch interview given by David Rubenstein at the Economics Club of Washington. I am a fan of David Rubenstein; I met him in March 2019 when he gave an interview of his story at the Economics Club of New York where I am a member.

What I love about the book is Rubenstein, the author/editor narrates an introduction to all the interviews giving updates, commentary, and additional context. While I started following the Audible version with the kindle, I quickly gravitated to the Audible version – why? Because it was like being transformed into a studio hearing the voices and words of men and women I may never meet. There was however one difference I noticed between versions; in the kindle version Condolezza Rice is cited in an interview between General David Petraeus and James A. Baker III interviews; her interview is not in the Audible version.

Most of the persons interviewed are Americans with few exceptions, therefore, this is an American story. Rubenstein is a skillful interviewer, who prepares purposeful questions, anticipates answers, listens, and responds in a rapid fire manner yielding engaging and thoughtful commentary on a broad array of topics. One can almost consider, “How to Lead” is like a master class in authentic leader voices from business to the arts.

There are many great quotes in this book but my favorites are from Nancy Pelosi, “My why I do this is because 1 of 5 children in America are in poverty,” and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when asked how would she change what was done by the founding fathers, “ I would include in the constitution that all men and women are created equal.” Both quotes focus on disparities in America both quotes give voice to many in the invisible majority.

How to lead is a masterpiece of personal and national stories of mavericks, scholars, trailblazers, and heroes in their authentic voices of which I highly recommended for students of leadership and all those who want to learn more about a cohort of successful men and women in America.

Maya Angelo once said people will remember how you made them feel. I found How to Lead to be a feel-good book. In our lifetimes we have witnessed a world that grooms, grows, and rewards innovators, visionaries, and those with plain ole' grit. How to Lead shares a curated sample of these stories in candid yet diverse authentic voices. I found that if one listens — one can learn many lessons.
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