FT business books: July edition

Truman Slate

‘Backstage Leadership: The Invisible Perform of Hugely Efficient Leaders’, by Charles Galunic

The late organisational theorist James March, who took place to teach Charles Galunic at Stanford, applied to say that leadership was a fragile mix of “poetry and plumbing”.

Galunic’s reserve does not neglect the poetry. He writes properly about the responsibility of leaders to established powerful visions for their groups and offer them while in the glare of the general public highlight. But his emphasis is on the prosaic plumbing and electrics. The “creating, preserving and integrating” of fundamental procedures these types of as developing expertise, crafting lifestyle, managing contradictions — “are the essential, albeit backstage, occasionally invisible, perform of company leaders”.

This is not a reserve about how to deal with the distinct issues of managing out of a pandemic or by way of a recession — it was created in advance of lockdown. There is, nonetheless,

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