Author: Rudolph W. Giuliani
Paperback: 432 pages
Originally Published: 2002
It’s completely coincidental that I picked this book up during political season. I overheard someone say that this was a great book on leadership and being the leadership connoisseur that I am, I bought it and gave it a read.
This isn’t your normal everyday leadership book detailing x number of leadership principles, checklists and how-tos. Leadership is really more of a biography of Rudy Giuliani’s career specifically focusing on the leadership principles that helped him accomplish all that he has. It’s not a complete story on his life, just the leadership highlights.
Giuliani’s gives us real life example after example where his leadership principles were put to the test. As the man that “fixed” New York City from much of the crime and decay that was prevalent before he became mayor, and also kept it running after 9/11, we know that when it comes to the testing of leadership principles, Rudy’s been through it.
Much of the book focuses on the aftermath of 9/11, but it’s not a chronological narrative. Giuliani breaks the book into chapters, each outlining a leadership principle that helped him through his careers both as prosecutor and as mayor, and architect of the 9/11 recovery. Within each chapter Giuliani pulls stories from his life that show these skills in action and the result and accomplishments that followed.
Rudy isn’t necessarily my man for the 2008 election but after reading Leadership, I have a newfound respect for the man.