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The Leadership Moment

Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All

Michael Useem

Foreword by Warren Bennis

Are you ready for the leadership moment?

Merck’s Roy Vagelos commits millions of dollars to develop a drug needed only by people who can’t afford it · Eugene Kranz struggles to bring the Apollo 13 astronauts home after an explosion rips through their spacecraft · Arlene Blum organizes the first women’s ascent of one of the world’s most dangerous mountains · Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain leads his tattered troops into a pivotal Civil War battle at Little Round Top · John Gutfreund loses Salomon Brothers when his inattention to a trading scandal almost topples the Wall Street giant · Clifton Wharton restructures a $50 billion pension system direly out of touch with its customers · Alfredo Cristiani transforms El Salvador’s decade-long civil war into a negotiated settlement · Nancy Barry leads Women’s World Banking in the fight against Third World poverty · Wagner Dodge faces the decision of a lifetime as a fast-moving forest fire overtakes his firefighting crew

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Michael Useem

Michael Useem is the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Faculty Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and McNulty Leadership Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive MBA courses on management and leadership, and his earlier books include The Leader’s Checklist, The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap (with Harbir Singh), Mastering Catastrophic Risk (with Howard Kunreuther), Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies (with Harbir Singh, Neng Liang, and Peter Cappelli), and Boards That Lead (with Ram Charan and Dennis Carey). ... More

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