A passion for leadership robert gates

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a passion for leadership robert gates

A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service by Robert M. Gates

From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 best-selling memoir Duty, a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale.

Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and fiscal prudence are essential, yet Americans know these institutions fall short. Many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform.

Robert Gates disagrees. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations—the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense—he offers us the ultimate insider’s look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed, which is by turns heartening and inspiring and always instructive.

With practical, nuanced advice on tailoring reform to the operative culture (we see how Gates worked within the system to increase diversity at Texas A&M); effecting change within committees; engaging the power of compromise (“In the real world of bureaucratic institutions, you almost never get all you want when you want it”); and listening and responding to your team, Gates brings the full weight of his wisdom, candor, and devotion to civic duty to inspire others to lead desperately needed change.


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Robert M. Gates: Lessons on Leadership from 50 Years of Public Service

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Thank you! In this informative, entertaining, and useful book, he delves into what it takes to be a leader who can get results without creating unnecessary enemies. He enumerates certain aspects or criteria that are required for someone who wishes to be a trailblazer in the private or public sectors and then backs up these ideas with rich examples from his own work experiences. These scenarios give readers a better understanding about how these organizations function. Changing institutions is a battle, and she must undertake it with courage, strength, and conviction. A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge—good reading for all of the presidential candidates. There was a problem adding your email address.

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Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service

Robert M. Gates, our Liberty Medal recipient, discusses valuable lessons in leadership he learned from four decades of personal experience. Gates is appearing Thursday night at the National Constitution Center. The event starts at p. I have observed many presidents, cabinet officers, generals, admirals and CEOs over many years. What follows is distilled from my observations of others and my personal experience over some four decades of leading very different kinds of organizations, often under the most trying conditions.

Look Inside. Jan 19, Minutes Buy. Jan 10, ISBN Jan 19, ISBN Jan 19, Minutes. For many Americans, bureaucracy and corporate structure are code words for inertia. With stunning clarity, he shares how simple plans, faithfully executed, can cut through the mire of bureaucracy to reform organizational culture.

Excerpted by permission of Vintage. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Everybody hates bureaucracies, even those who work in them. Yet in twenty-first-century America, apart from a handful of hermits and survivalists living off the grid, dealing with impenetrable, impersonal, infinitely complex, obdurate, arrogant, and often stupefyingly incompetent bureaucracies is an everyday travail for everyone.

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