FT business books: July edition

‘Backstage Leadership: The Invisible Perform of Remarkably Powerful Leaders’, by Charles Galunic

The late organisational theorist James March, who transpired to instruct Charles Galunic at Stanford, applied to say that management was a delicate combination of “poetry and plumbing”.

Galunic’s guide does not neglect the poetry. He writes perfectly about the accountability of leaders to set persuasive visions for their teams and market them though in the glare of the public spotlight. But his emphasis is on the prosaic plumbing and electrics. The “creating, protecting and integrating” of fundamental procedures these types of as producing talent, crafting society, handling contradictions — “are the important, albeit backstage, often invisible, operate of small business leaders”.

This is not a guide about how to tackle the unique issues of running out of a pandemic or by means of a economic downturn — it was composed prior to lockdown. There is, nevertheless, plenty here

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