What does it take to lead a team to world-class success over a sustained period of time?Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world.
In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career.
Leading is structured around the key skills that Sir Alex values most highly. It includes subjects we immediately associate with his managerial style: Discipline, Control, Teamwork and Motivation. But it also addresses subjects that are less obvious but no less important when seeking success: Delegation, Data Analysis and Dealing with Failure.
Written with the investor Sir Michael Moritz, a longstanding friend of Sir Alex, Leading is packed with insight, wisdom, humour and honesty. The individual stories inevitably concern themselves with football, and the phenomenal success that came along the way, but the lessons can be applied by anyone. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, Leading will help you become a better leader.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2015 Sir Alex Ferguson & Sir Michael Moritz (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
Great narration and story, I'm not a United fan but while the book is mainly centred around United it is the ethos, actions and learning curve that got my attention. Seeing the bigger picture and getting the best out people worth investing in.
As someone who followed Alex Fergusons career I found this very interesting.
Ferguson gives details of dealing with players and advice on how he progressed in his field.
I would say if your weren't a football fan and wanted a leadership book there are better options available. But for anyone who would like a crossover between sport and work/business this would be worth a listen.
The narration is good, its not by Ferguson but the Scottish narrator gives it an authentic feel.
Did I enjoy this book?? Not one bit. As a United fan, I thought it would be interesting to get a glimpse of the club through Sir Alex's eyes but my good god this is insanely dull. He tells us that he supposedly only ever had four world class players at United. Really?? Rooney, Keane, Beckham, Van Nistelrooy, Schmeichel, Stam, Ince, De Gea, none of those were world class?? Turn it in.
Was really looking forward to this but the insights seem somewhat diluted to make this read just like yet another mainstream leadership book rather than an insightful peak into a top class manager's experience.
It is OK
Put Roy Keanes first biography on audible please! 😉
At points towards the end of the book a different actor seems to read parts of the book. This is very off putting.
However overall it is an interesting read for a football fan and a leader like me. I will listen again at some point I think.
This book offers practical references of leadership skills albeit via football references. Which I could easily identify with. The commentary of comparison to the tech industry was insightful and proved true leaders can operate anywhere because the values and principles they have are what determines their success. Excellent read.
As a fan of both football and business I was intrigued by this book. This is a great insight to the values of a leader and how he approached his role. Some great stories help convey the understanding. Really enjoyed the book
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