Courage: The Backbone of Leadership   -     By: Gus Lee, Diane Elliott-Lee
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Wiley / 2006 / Hardcover

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0787981370
ISBN-13: 9780787981372

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Author Bio

Gus Lee is a best-selling author and nationally-recognizedexpert on leadership and ethics. He has been a successful lawyer,board member, and executive and is adjunct staff at the Centerfor Creative Leadership and the US Department of Justice. Hegraduated from West Point, and served as an army JAG attorney andparatrooper. He speaks frequently to a broad range of organizationsand educational institutions including the Smithsonian, Bank ofAmerica, 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 radioshows.
His previous books include the best-selling novels ChinaBoy (a New York Times Best Book selection now in its17th printing), Honor and Duty, Tiger's Tail, andNo Physical Evidence. He has also written a nonfiction book,Chasing Hepburn, and contributed to Time magazine,Encyclopedia Britannica, and other anthologies. Through hiscompany, Integrenomics, he has created several assessments andskill-building tools about courage and character. He grew upin San Francisco and now lives in Colorado Springs.

Diane Elliott-Lee is a distinguished and award-winningclinical nurse specialist. She has helped edit Gus's five previousbooks and provided the guidance, inspiration, and structure forthis book.

Editorial Reviews

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)

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