Literature To Lead By

The New Art Of The Leader (Prentice Hall Press, $23)

You might never have to lead troops into battle, but you can learn a lot from those who do. That's the idea behind this extensively updated version of the 1991 classic by William A. Cohen that explains how great military officers lead-and how you can, too. Cohen presents examples of military leaders from Sun Tzu to George Patton, including many encountered during his own days in the Air Force Reserve. New material in the latest edition includes research from more than 200 new interviews and updated exploits from such contemporaries as Desert Storm mastermind Norman Schwartz-kopf. Cohen is remarkable not only for his acumen but also his morality and humanity. Leadership does not involve manipulation, he says, and many of the greatest leaders view themselves as the servants of their followers, not the other way around.

This is no philosophical treatise, however. Cohen is profoundly practical, providing succinct, actionable advice on such topics as "How to Take Charge in Any Situation" and "How to Develop Your Self-Confidence." Where Cohen leads, any entrepreneur would do well to follow.

The New Art Of The Leader is available at Amazon.com.

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This article was originally published in the November 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Literature To Lead By.

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