The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today
Ken Blanchard, Marc Muchnick. Free Press, $21 (128pp) ISBN 978-0-7432-5001-6
Blanchard is a veritable self-help book writing machine. His latest--a typically slim volume offering a typically simple parable--concerns a competition between two leaders with wildly different management styles. One leader takes""the leadership pill,"" which gives him""all the attributes of effective leadership."" The other leader does not take the medication. Although the book is presumably not an advertisement for natural healing, it seems that way at times: it turns out the leader who doesn't take the pill winds up winning the competition. The message? Leadership takes time--it can't be learned overnight (or ingested via pill form). Leaders must show integrity, build""a culture of partnership"" and affirm their employees' sense of self-worth by letting them know what they do is important. It's a solid, though obvious, message that should resonate with fans of Blanchard's brand of advice.
Reviewed on: 09/01/2003
Other - 128 pages - 978-1-4711-0855-6