The Leadership Engine

Noel M. Tichy, Author, Eli B. Cohen, With HarperCollins Publishers $27 (367p) ISBN 978-0-88730-793-5
""There is a multibillion-dollar consulting industry in the world today,"" Tichy notes in his provocative new book, written with freelancer Cohen, ""that thrives largely on the fact that most managers don't want to lead."" It's an insight Tichy, a professor at the Univ. of Michigan School of Business and a consultant, has observed firsthand when trying to determine why some companies succeed, while others fail or just limp along. His conclusion: the winners have ""good leaders who nurture the development of other leaders at all levels of the organization."" These leaders urge their workers to see reality and mobilize the appropriate responses. Repeatedly, the authors single out the heads of successful companies such as General Electric and Allied Signal to discuss how much time their chief executives spend--formally and informally--on teaching. They conclude that those firms' success is a direct result of everyone's pulling in the same direction. The book's argument ignores small entrepreneurial companies where a product innovation, speed to market or customer service can make all the difference. But in discussing large companies, the book is on the money. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
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