Robert E. Lee On Leadership by H. W. Crocker III
It has become fashionable in the last decade or so to write books titled "______ on Leadership." You can insert the name of any famous leader in the blank and there's a good chance a book exists with that very title (I have Lincoln on Leadership and The Founding Fathers On Leadership on my "to read" pile.) It seems to imply that, in this case, Robert E. Lee is giving a seminar on leadership. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In this book, and the books like it, you basically get a biography, but one in which you only get stories that are meant to show the qualities of the leader. At the end of each chapter, the author sums up what you should have learned from the previous story. My favorite quote from the book is from Robert E. Lee: "Duty, then is the sublimest word in the language. Do your duty in all things...You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less."
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