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Leading: Lessons in leadership from the legendary Manchester United manager Paperback – 26 Jul 2016
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LEADING is about leadership, management and the pursuit of success. It's a fantastic book, one of the best of its kind. The defining quality of Ferguson and Moritz's book is its clarity. The pair discuss leadership from a purely practical perspective, their raw material being Ferguson's vast experience. If there's one word, though, that characterises his philosophy of management it's discipline... And yet what comes through very strongly is humility, even vulnerability.
Every success of his, you realise, has been hard-won. Failure has been a constant threat. Nagging anxiety he just accepted 'as part of my job'. And he wouldn't have had it any other way.
For those interested in the subject of leadership, be it managing people effectively and getting the best out of them or learning which qualities and traits separate those who manage and those who inspire, Leading is a worthwhile read.
Football fans might complain that the book is over too quickly, even though Ferguson provides 343 pages of entertaining stories and observations. Structuring his sermons in an easily read format is the latest managerial masterstroke from a man who made a career out of regularly producing them.
The foundation for its (Man Utd's) success was built by Ferguson, whose near-pathological obsession with football - and with winning - is a case study in leadership. -- Lionel Barber, Financial Times
Ferguson is one of the most successful men in his field - not just in football, but any sport in any era. He defied the norms and the scale of his accomplishments will only become more apparent with the passing of time. History will see that Ferguson grows, not diminishes. -- Matt Dickinson, The Times
This is as good as Ferguson's last book. Both are about being a particular kind of person..., Independent
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The author talks more about himself and his multi trillion dollar invest company. I felt the author loves to talk about himself so much he couldn’t find enough listeners that would pay attention to him for weeks. So he wrote a book about an iconic figure so he could hold you hostage to hear himself write about himself. The last 30-40 pages were nothing about Ferguson but billion dollar silicon valley companies and how he has made billions off this. Please buy this book back
I find it funny that he thought swapping shirts were extravagance and told the players that they needed to pay from their pockets for the shirts they would swap. I think this character trait comes from his Scottish genes.
This is not just a football book, but also a resource we can draw lessons about our own lives at the same time. The only thing I criticize in the book is the strained effort of the author to draw analogy between the principles and thoughts of Sir Alex and the successful firms in the Silicon Valley.
Lots of nuggets of wisdom from a hard worker who always put the maximum attention to details.
What emerges is the utmost respect for his colleagues, rival teams. Good read not only for soccer/football fans, but for whoever is interested in leadership and self improvement.