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Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani

Books titled like this make me cringe. Why not "Hero" or simply "I'm The Greatest"? I almost didn't pick it up, but I leafed through it anyway. What caught my eye was a chapter titled, "Weddings Discretionary, Funerals Mandatory." I liked that. It was so simple. I figured, if that was the only thing I got from the book, it would still be worth the time and the $4.

Look, Giuliani is a lawyer and a politician. He wrote this book just before starting a campaign to run for President, so it's full of stories about how great he ran New York City as Mayor (which plenty of people including the FDNY don't necessarily agree with.) But it's also got a lot of good ideas about how to lead an organization and what's expected of that leader. Whether I agree that he embodies all of the leadership principles he discusses, I have to say I agree with a lot of what he writes in this book about how to conduct yourself as a leader.

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