Elizabeth, CEO

Alan Axelrod, Author Prentice Hall Press $23 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7352-0189-7
Who could possibly offer better leadership lessons than one of the most powerful women in history? Axelrod (Patton on Leadership, etc.) details more than 100 leadership principles based on Queen Elizabeth's style of statesmanship. Having assumed the throne during a time of economic and religious turmoil, she helped rebuild England and strengthen its position in the world during her four decades as queen. Some of the lessons drawn from her reign are simplistic and obvious, such as ""Knowledge Really Is Power,"" based on the queen's voracious appetite for reading and her study of Greek and Latin. ""Keep a Clear Head and an Even Keel"" derives from the monarch's ability to hold her temper; during difficult negotiations, she would occasionally leave the room to walk outside. Other lessons deserve more attention from today's executives, such as ""Make a Spectacle of Yourself"": Axelrod avers that a leader must motivate employees with more than the bottom line, and that theatrical gestures can be an effective source of inspiration. In a similar vein, Axelrod exhorts, ""Be a Great Communicator"": ""An effective leader thinks about what he says, carefully crafting each utterance of any significance."" While history fans will enjoy the brief portraits of Queen Elizabeth's governing style in various circumstances, those seeking penetrating management insights may be disappointed that not every lesson applies equally to today's corporate leaders. $200,000 ad/promo; 3-city tour; 20-city radio satellite tour. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/04/2000
Release date: 09/01/2000
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