FT business books: July edition

‘Backstage Management: The Invisible Function of Extremely Effective Leaders’, by Charles Galunic

The late organisational theorist James March, who happened to teach Charles Galunic at Stanford, applied to say that leadership was a delicate blend of “poetry and plumbing”.

Galunic’s ebook does not neglect the poetry. He writes effectively about the obligation of leaders to set powerful visions for their groups and offer them when in the glare of the general public highlight. But his emphasis is on the prosaic plumbing and electrics. The “creating, protecting and integrating” of basic procedures these as acquiring expertise, crafting lifestyle, managing contradictions — “are the critical, albeit backstage, sometimes invisible, do the job of enterprise leaders”.

This is not a ebook about how to tackle the unique difficulties of controlling out of a pandemic or via a economic downturn — it was written ahead of lockdown. There is, however, lots listed here to

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