Category Three: Leadership Is the Guru

Forget the idea that leadership can be learned through warfare or art. Rather, the shining example is the collective experiences, opinions, and wisdom of people whom I will call the leadership gurus. The first type of guru is the leadership scholar—a person well known for studying and writing about leadership. Top sellers in this category include Stephen Covey, Warren Bennis, Margaret Wheatley, Peter Drucker, Peter Senge, and John Kotter.

I agree with the saying that “books about leaders are more interesting than books about leadership,” and that thought brings us to the second kind of guru—the person who has books written about him or her. There are hundreds of books about the leadership styles of such ...

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