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Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership (Hardcover)

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    ?Most successful leaders are mentally and emotionally askew. Thereís a good side, which gets the job done. Thereís often also a downside that makes them hard to understand or difficult to work for. Itís precisely that they are impatient, stubbo......more

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?Most successful leaders are mentally and emotionally askew. Thereís a good side, which gets the job done. Thereís often also a downside that makes them hard to understand or difficult to work for. Itís precisely that they are impatient, stubborn, opinionated, unsatisfied, and domineering that makes them successful.Ē

When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010, after an unparalleled forty-seven-year career in the auto industry, he was one of the most respected leaders in American business. He had survived all kinds of managers over those decades: tough and timid, analytical and irrational, charismatic and antisocial, and some who seemed to shift frequently among all those traits. His experiences made him an expert on leadership, every bit as much as he was an expert on cars and trucks.

Now Lutz is revealing the leaders?good, bad, and ugly?who made the strongest impression on him throughout his career. Icons and Idiots is a collection of shocking and often hilarious true stories and the lessons Lutz drew from them. From enduring the sadism of a Marine Corps drill instructor, to working with a washed-up alcoholic, to taking over the reins from a convicted felon, he reflects on the complexities of all-too-human leaders. No textbook or business school course can fully capture their idiosyncrasies, foibles and weaknesses ? which can make or break companies in the real world.

Lutz shows that we can learn just as much from the most stubborn, stupid, and corrupt leaders as we can from the inspiring geniuses. He offers fascinating profiles of icons and idiots such as...
  • Eberhard von Kuenheim. The famed CEO of BMW was an aristocrat-cum-street fighter who ruled with secrecy, fear, and deft maneuvering.
  • Harold A. ?RedĒ Poling: A Ford CEO and the ultimate bean counter. If it couldnít be quantified, he didnít want to know about it.
  • Lee Iacocca: The lege...

    Bob Lutz held senior leadership positions at General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and BMW over nearly a half century in the auto industry, culminating with his vice chairmanship of GM from 2001 to 2010. He is the bestselling author of Guts: 8 Laws of Business and Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. He lives outside Detroit.

    Author:
    Lutz, Bob
    Genre:
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership
    Audience:
    General/trade
    Format:
    Hardcover
    Pages:
    228
    Language:
    English
    Publisher:
    Portfolio
    Publish Date:
    06/04/2013
    Copyright Year:
    2013
    ISBN:
    9781591846048
    Height:
    9.0 in
    Wdth:
    6.0 in
    Thickness:
    1.0 in
    Unit weight:
    0.8 lb
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