A 2011 Washington Post Best Leadership Book
Based on the lessons from astonishing stories, solid research, and years of leadership development work with a wide array of companies and organizations in the United States and abroad, Useem presents today’s leaders with 15 guiding principles that form the core of the Leader’s Checklist, which will help you develop your ability to make good and timely decisions in unpredictable and stressful environments—for those moments when leadership really matters.
First published exclusively as a bestselling ebook—and now also available in print—this updated and expanded edition features a new preface by the author and three new Knowledge@Wharton interviews with:
- Laurence Golborne, Chile’s Minister of Mining, on leading the rescue operation of 33 miners trapped in the San José Mine
- Joseph Pfeifer, New York City Fire Department’s Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, on being the first Battalion Chief to take command at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
- The author on why he wrote The Leader’s Checklist and what he has learned about the most vital items on the checklist from his recent leadership development work with more than a dozen companies and organizations
“One of the most brilliant, original, and exciting leadership books I’ve read in a long time.”
“With this compact handbook, Mike Useem provides leaders what they all say they want and need but rarely get: a kick-in-the-pants reminder of those parts of the job they have neglected.”
“The essential companion for anybody whose leadership is on the line, a concise primer for corporate liftoffs and controlled landings.”
School Leadership Briefing, October 01, 2013
School Leadership Briefing, Interview with Mike Useem
World-renowned leadership expert and bestselling author Michael Useem joins School Leadership Briefing to provide his insights into the most important qualities of good leaders and to explain how school leaders can develop their ability to make good and timely decisions in the unpredictable and stressful environment in which they work—an environment where leadership matters more than ever.
Philly.com, July 16, 2012
Michael Useem and Climbing the Everest of Leadership
Michael Useem calls leadership “a lifelong journey to work out how you lead.” And techniques, he says, may need adapting.
A Smarter Planet Blog, March 28, 2012
Prescription for Smarter Leadership: The Leader’s Checklist
A checklist is only as good as its underlying foundation, and the foundation is only as solid as the materials and engineering that go into it. That also applies to effective leadership, which I believe can be distilled into a set of core principles that help leaders navigate complex challenges around the world.
University Business, February 15, 2012
Higher Ed Leaders -- The 15 Mission-Critical Principles You Need to Know.
Any leader’s checklist should include, I believe, a minimum of 15 mission-critical principles. The principles vary surprisingly little from institution to institution, serving most leaders, in most endeavors, in most circumstances.
September 28, 2011
Wharton Digital Press debuts Expanded Edition of The Leader's Checklist
First published exclusively as an ebook—and now also available in print—this updated and expanded edition features a new preface by the author and three new Knowledge@Wharton interviews.
June 21, 2011
Wharton Digital Press Debuts First Publication
Today Wharton Digital Press announced its first ebook, The Leader’s Checklist, from world-renowned leadership expert Michael Useem. In this fast-reading and illuminating book, the author provides 15 guiding principles that form the core of the Leader’s Checklist.
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Links for Further Reading
Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM: Leadership in Action showhttp://businessradio.wharton.upenn.edu/programs/leadership-in-action/
The Wharton Leadership Program and the Center for Leadership and Change Managementhttp://wlp.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm
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