Book Review: Courage. The backbone of leadership by Gus Lee


By Morag Barrett on April 22, 2014

Posted by Morag Barrett | April 22, 2014Book Review: Courage. The backbone of leadership by Gus LeeCourage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities…because it is the quality which guarantees all others.- Winston ChurchillWe are often asked what are the best business books that we have read. Here is our latest addition, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Courage The Backbone of leadership by Gus Lee and Diane Elliott-Lee.  Using case studies from Whirlpool, Kaiser Permanente, and Worldcom among others Lee ably demonstrates why most corporate values (implicit or explicit) leave leaders in a dilemma and potentially allow for unethical acts and behaviors.Lee demonstrates that courageous leaders are those that inspire their organizations to sustained success. He identifies three main causes of relationship crashes:Failure to honor and respect allFailure to encourage and support othersFailure to challenge wrongsSo what is to be done? Lee outlines three high core values that will stand the test of time, even in the most tense situation these three values will simply become stronger:IntegrityCourageCharacterThese three values are more than the corporate posters that many organizations display and provide a solid, stable core from which ethical behavior stems.I would highly recommend this book for leaders at all stages of their career.Related ArticlesTags »Best Leadership Books Share2
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