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The art of the leader
Cohen, William A., 1937-
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Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, [1990]

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x, 215 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

Bombarding the business world with his knowledge and experience of military leadership, Cohen fires off tactical facts in a crisp, regimented style, then settles into discussion of their details. By his lights there are, for instance, "Six Ways to Get the Combat Model to Work for You," "Four Ways to Get People to Follow You," "Four Basic Influence Strategies," "Three Manipulation Influence Strategies," etc. He stresses self-improvement through developing self-confidence, maximizing organizational skills, and building high morale. The military allusions fly thick as heavy flak. Notes; to be indexed. --George Hampton

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of 16 business books, Cohen here contends that, with proper training, almost anyone can become a leader. Defining the difference between management and leadership, he recommends ``influence strategies'' and how and when to use these. To illustrate his points, Cohen quotes liberally from four-star generals and admirals, offering a veritable anthology of slogans, maxims, catchphrases and historical anecdotes. He also discusses staff relations, motivation and fostering teamwork within an organization, basing his advice on sports and military principles. Much of the guidance provided is self-evident common sense cloaked in managerial and psychological jargon. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Cohen offers the reader an insightful and superbly written account of how to become a better leader. This book is not just for managers; anyone who might find themselves in a leadership role in any type of setting will reap countless rewards from this book. Though shorter in length than Tom Peters and Nancy Austin's A Passion for Excellence, ( LJ 6/15/85), Cohen's book packs in a huge amount of practical wisdom. Some readers may find the author's frequent examples culled from various military figures a bit excessive; nevertheless, they reflect the author's background and are quite powerful portrayals of Cohen's concepts. Destined to be a best seller and possibly a management classic. See also Philip B. Crosby's Leading: The Art of Becoming an Executive , reviewed in this issue, below.-- Ed. -- Richard Paustenbaugh, Indiana Univ. Lib., Bloomington (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.