Books: Three of a kind - Lessons from those who should know

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

On Leadership
Allan Leighton
Random House £20

Leighton's On Leadership is an excellent collection of frontline advice from those at the pinnacle of business, including Rupert Murdoch, Philip Green and Justin King. It's great to have such a British flavour to the practical wisdom served up here by someone in the thick of it. A must-read for those interested in learning from the best. - BEST OF ITS KIND

New Ideas from Dead CEOs
Todd G Buchhholz
Collins £14.99

What can we learn from defunct CEOs? That is the central question posed by this quirky new book. By looking at the life and times of such business heavyweights as Ray Kroc of McDonald's, Walt Disney and IBM's Thomas Watson Jr, Buchholz provides a refreshing take on valuable lessons from proven leaders of the past - though there are a few too many of the usual suspects. - COULD BE USEFUL

Kevin Kelly
FT Prentice Hall £20

Kelly, chief executive of headhunter firm Heidrick & Struggles, has put together a handy book to tackle the question: what makes the right CEO? 'Most CEOs fail because they think they know everything,' is one of his apercus. If you think you don't actually know everything, give this book a go. And it's not just for those already settled in the corner office - wannabes are welcome too. Some thoughtful and useful insights from a man with an interesting perspective. - COULD BE USEFUL

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