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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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I have read a lot of these type of books, written by successful coaches and they are pretty consistent. The main difference here is the longevity, sustained determination and adaptation which is remarkable.
I remember watching United in the late 80s and I was always amazed by their fighting spirit, and how they always gave their opponents a hard time. It has to be admired and there are many great lessons for us all in this book.
I would also suggest if you are looking for something to keep you thinking
Winning by Jack Welch
Legacy by James Kerr
Winning by Clive Woodward
His understanding of how to get the best out of the people around him was what made him a great leader. And the most successful football manager of all time.
There are glimpses of interest to keep you going but most of it is predictable. The best section of the bok is the last part where Moritz gives his own insight into Fergies leadership. "Managing my life" still remains Fergies best and I think he'll struggle to produce anything of note in the future now, we just know too much about him.
Although I already know some of the stories already. Its still a great read for me and for other people am sure.
It also explains a good bit of his Aberdeen days too.