Well, first of all, I’d like to remind readers that my work in life is not being a book-writing guru. I have devoted most of my working life over the last 4 1/2 decades to being "in the trenches” with the CEOs who have asked for my help in making a high-performance organization. We partner in this common cause, and do—often invent—what is necessary to make it happen.
This is a messy process. No two projects are the same. This makes it a bit difficult to write a book about “how to do it” in six or nine easy steps, like many of the books published in the last couple of decades. So I wrote this book to share with those CEOs (who are really, really interested) in what it takes to make it happen, and the accomplishments required along the way.
It all depends on who they are. And that depends on how they think. Therefore, most of the first half of the book is given over to just that: How you need to think if you want to undertake such a difficult and perilous adventure? Of course, I also wanted to know if such a book could be written.
I wrote several versions of the book over a period of fifteen years. The one offered via this blog and my publisher's website, is not perfect. From my point of view, my work is always a work in progress. So, also, is the book. I learn every day.
If I set out to write Leadership today, it would be different because I am different. But, I'm told it’s a good, reliable guide as it is.