In Courage, Gus Lee captures the essential component of leadership in measurable behaviors. Using actual stories from Whirlpool, Kaiser Permanente, IntegWare, WorldCom, and other organizations, Lee shows how highly successful executives face and overcome their fears to develop moral intelligence. These real-world examples offer practical lessons for rooting out unethical practices and behaviors.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 250 Vendor: John Wiley & Sons Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches) ISBN: 0787981370 ISBN-13: 9780787981372 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Gus Lee is a best-selling author and nationally-recognized expert on leadership and ethics. He has been a successful lawyer, board member, and executive and is adjunct staff at the Center for Creative Leadership and the US Department of Justice. He graduated from West Point, and served as an army JAG attorney and paratrooper. He speaks frequently to a broad range of organizations and educational institutions including the Smithsonian, Bank of America, the FBI, Levi Strauss, MCI, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Lucent, Whirlpool, West Point, USAF, the DEA, Harvard, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. He has also appeared on many major TV and radio shows. His previous books include the best-selling novels China Boy (a New York Times Best Book selection now in its 17th printing), Honor and Duty, Tiger's Tail, and No Physical Evidence. He has also written a nonfiction book, Chasing Hepburn, and contributed to Time magazine, Encyclopedia Britannica, and other anthologies. Through his company, Integrenomics, he has created several assessments and skill-building tools about courage and character. He grew up in San Francisco and now lives in Colorado Springs.
Diane Elliott-Lee is a distinguished and award-winning clinical nurse specialist. She has helped edit Gus's five previous books and provided the guidance, inspiration, and structure for this book.
In this guide to doing the right thing, Lee presents a self-help approach to solving hard-edged problems. The key to effective leadership, he argues, is "principled conduct under pressure"—in short, courage. While courage is hardly the one-size-fits-all magic bullet that Lee envisions, much of his advice is valuable, particularly that dealing with communication, the thorniest management issue of all. The book is built around extended anecdotes about executives facing tough personnel decisions and having to confront their habits of "avoidant communication," and Lee's reconstructed dialogue is engaging, realistic and instructive. He also offers periodic references to his own, genuinely inspiring transition from myopic, alienated wimp to successful executive, lawyer, executive coach, consultant and bestselling novelist (China Boy, etc.). Granted, this business book has many of the problems typical of the genre: the constant invoking of the book's title, whether or not relevant to the point being made; the regular introduction of acronymed concepts and clumsy coinages; the inspirational speeches and the occasional royal we phrasing ("We now see the difference between high, medium and low core values"). But any book that offers a road map to handling unpleasant workplace conversations is welcome—even if the choices in your everyday life don't require as much courage as in Lee's scenarios. (Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2005)