Lessons for leaders on resolving the ongoing struggle between instinct and the creative mind. Kings, heads of government, and corporate executives lead thousands of people and manage endless resources, but may not have mastery over themselves. Often leaders know that right action is important, but have little (if any) understanding of what prevents them from acting in accordance with their intentions. In this important book, leadership expert Richard Daft portrays this dilemma as a struggle between instinct (elephant) and intention (the executive) using the most current research on the intentional vs. the habitual mind to explain how this phenomenon occurs.
The Executive and the Elephant is based on current research and real-life examples. It offers leaders a method for directing themselves more productively and was written by an expert in leadership, organizational performance, and change management.
Through real-life examples and recent studies in psychology, management, and Eastern spirituality Daft provides guidance to all of us who struggle finding our own balance and cultivating the behavior of others.
©2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2012 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mathieu Yuill on 21-09-17

Not for all leaders

If you are highly analytical and lack the ability to connect with people this is the book for you. If you have a hard time relating to others or building relationship - listen to this audiobook.

But if you are able to easily make relationships and lead intelligently but from the heart, give this a pass.

The principles in this book are good but probably better for someone who leads an accounting firm opposed to an ad agency (please excuse the stereotype - it's just an exaggerated illustration to help make the point - I know plenty of empathetic accounting managers).

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5 out of 5 stars
By josh on 18-06-15

Book review

Great book. Repetitive though.

I find the people that read these "types" of books are not the ones that need to see the world different than they do.

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