Category Four: The Absolute Truths of Leadership

If you have trouble dealing with the considerable gray areas of leadership, some of the books in this category may have your number. These books profess to tap into a pipeline to the truth, listing a hard and fast number of laws, traits, or practices necessary for leadership success. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, The Eight Universal Laws of Leadership, and Twenty-Two Ways to Develop Leadership in Staff Managers.

So when people ask whether I can recommend a good book about leadership, I encourage them to study the on-the-job learning opportunities they face almost every day. It is the rare person who can take the wisdom of the ...

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