Leadership (2022) is a detailed analysis of six monumental twentieth-century leaders. By examining both the circumstances that formed these leaders and the strategies they used to shepherd their respective nations through periods of turmoil, it presents invaluable lessons for anyone working to shape the world’s future.
The book begins with the discription that in most societies and most times, leaders act like managers: they maintain the status quo. During periods of crisis, however, leaders must act, not just manage. In this regard, there’s a lesson to be learned from great political leaders – leaders who have risen up to the occasion, transformed the state of affairs, and guided their nations toward better futures.
The book deals in its introduction scrutinizes upon and learning from the strategies of six very different leaders. Konrad Adenauer used the strategy of humility to restore order in postwar Germany. Charles de Gaulle became the leader of the Free French using the strategy of will. Richard Nixon developed his policy around the goal of equilibrium.
Anwar Sadat carefully transcended Egypt’s reigning paradigm to achieve peace. Lee Kuan Yew’s strategy of excellence, Singapore became a thriving new nation. Margaret Thatcher helped heal a faltering Britain with her strategy of conviction.
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for leadership, just as no two leaders are alike. Unique historical circumstances produce leaders who, if the moment is right, can seize a tactic that works for their time and location – transcending old paradigms and ushering in new ones – if the appropriate conditions exist. Their separate societies were reshaped by Konrad Adenauer, Charles de Gaulle, Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Lee Kuan Yew, and Margaret Thatcher utilising quite different approaches, ranging from humility to equilibrium, excellence to conviction. In a world that seems to want to forget, it is crucial that we keep these leaders and their accomplishments in memory.