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The Leader’s Checklist
15 Mission-Critical Principles, Expanded Edition

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:


To order the ebook in bulk, please visit The Leader’s Checklist on Ganxy.com.

Praise for the Bestselling First Edition

Named to The Washington Post’s 2011 List of Best Leadership Books

“One of the most brilliant, original, and exciting leadership books I’ve read in a long time.”
–Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California, and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

“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.”
–Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post business columnist and moderator of the On Leadership web site

“The essential companion for anybody whose leadership is on the line, a concise primer for corporate liftoffs and controlled landings.”
–Ram Charan, advisor to CEOs and boards, and co-author of the best sellers Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and The Leadership Pipeline

Additional Resources

  1. Knowledge@Wharton discussion with Michael Useem:  Davos 2012: 'Joblessness and Its Discontents', February 1, 2012
  2. Interview by Michael Useem with IBM chair Samuel Palmisano in Knowledge@Wharton, January 18, 2012
  3. Michael Useem, The Leader’s Checklist, European Business Review, January, 2012
  4. America’s Role in the Chilean Rescue, The Smithsonian Institution, co-sponsored by the Wharton Leadership Center, February 23, 2012
  5. Knowledge@Wharton video conversation between Michael Useem and Laurence Golborne, Chilé's mining minister, June 2011:  Mission Critical: 15 Principles to Help Leaders Meet Their Toughest Challenges
  6. Wharton Executive Education: Nano Tool for Leaders, July 2011
  7. Forbes Leadership Forum:  The Leader’s Checklist, June 2011
  8. Review of The Leader's Checklist, SmartBlog on Leadership, July 2011
  9. Leadership Excellence Magazine:  Read About Applying the Leader's Checklist, July 2011
  10. Leading the Rescue of the Miners in Chile:  Case written by Rodrigo Jordán, Matko Koljatic, and Michael Useem
  11. School Leadership Briefing:  Listen to Mike Useem provide his insights into the most important qualities of good leaders.
  12. Professor Useem teaches in the following Wharton Executive Education programs:

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