The Executive and the Elephant

  • by Richard L. Daft
  • Narrated by Bob Dunsworth
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-03-2012
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.