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The Leader’s Checklist, Expanded Edition

15 Mission-Critical Principles

Michael Useem

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

In this fast-reading and illuminating expanded edition of the bestselling Leader’s Checklist, world-renowned leadership expert Michael Useem deepens his examination of 15 mission-critical principles for leaders.

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.

To illustrate how the Leader’s Checklist can assist leaders, Useem zeroes in on accounts of extraordinary leaders who rose to the challenge, including Laurence Golborne’s role in the triumphant rescue of 33 miners in Chile, Joseph Pfeifer’s remarkable heroism as the first FDNY Fire Chief to take command at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and Union officer Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s transformative actions after the Confederate army’s surrender. He also explores the colossal failure of AIG, one of the greatest corporate collapses in business history.

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 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; and 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.

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About the Author

Michael Useem

Michael Useem is director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Leadership Moment, Investor Capitalism, and The Go Point, among other books. The Leadership Moment was included in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, written by the publishers of 800 CEO Read, and listed as one of the 10 best leadership books on the Washington Post “Leadership Playlist.” Useem’s articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. ... More

Praise

“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, 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

“The essential companion for anybody whose leadership is on the line, a concise primer for corporate liftoffs and controlled landings.”

—Ram Charan, author, Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift

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April 14, 2016  |  The Journal Gazette
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