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Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership

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Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership

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Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership by Harlan Cleveland ISBN: 0-7879-6153-1 Published: 2002 Pages: 236 pp.; hardcopy Price: $27.95 Available from: Jossey-Bass, 989 Market St., San Francisco, CA 941031741; 888/378-2537; www.josseybass.com

It is joy to read this man's writings. His insights cover the experience gained in over 60 years of leadership in private and public organizations, and yet his outlook is ahead of what is happening today, not necessarily looking back at what has happened.

The book contains 14 essays, all reworked from previous publications of the author. The historical perspective adds a depth to the thoughts that would not be possible from one who had not been involved in public affairs for so many years. The book is divided into two parts. The essays in the first part document how society has changed so that basically no one person is in charge. Things are too complex for one person to know it all. Part two then states that since nobody is in charge, everyone has the chance to be in charge. However, most people will not necessarily rise to the challenge of being a leader, so only a few leaders emerge. …

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