Books: Three of a Kind - Lessons in leadership

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Last Updated: 05 Jul 2011
What You Need to Know About Leadership

Jeff Grout and Liz Fisher

Capstone/Wiley £12.99

It is baffling that books like this are so expensive. It is the size of an airport paperback, but twice the price. Are the contents worth it? Dispensing practical advice on everything from conducting interviews to dealing with poor performers, it's straightforward and detailed - but lacks anything to differentiate it from others of its ilk. Useful, certainly. But if we're getting on a plane, we'd prefer a John Grisham.

RATING: OF MINOR INTEREST *

You Can't Lead with Your Feet on the Desk

Ed Fuller

Wiley £19.99

Fuller is the president of hotel chain Marriott International, so he should know a thing or two about leadership. It's a compelling read - but the anecdotes are better than the advice, which would be standard self-help book fare, were it not for his experience in the field. He makes some interesting points about doing business in emerging economies, though. Worth a gander. -

RATING: COULD BE USEFUL **

Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders

Rajeev Peshawaria

Simon & Schuster/Free Press £20.00

When asked how many of their bosses have been 'truly great leaders', the average employee answers between zero and two. Peshawaria aims to change this by teaching bosses the three essential principles necessary to becoming an extraordinary leader: energise yourself, energise your team, energise your enterprise. This is a well-written guide by an experienced leader.

RATING: BEST OF ITS KIND **

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