Leadership is the ability to direct and control other people in order to achieve a set goal.
It is in this lucid manner that this book will teach you leadership.
It clearly explains the types of leadership. They include the laissez-faire leadership, autocratic leadership, democratic leadership, transactional leadership and transformational leadership.
It analyzes the sterling qualities of a good leader. They include his exemplary character, confidence, courage, decisiveness and commitment.
It appraises the intricate nature and nurture of leadership:
‘The gulf between how one should live and how one does live is so wide that a man who neglects what is actually done for what should be done moves towards self-destruction. The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous…’
It lays emphasis on the means of communication between the leaders and the led. They include the radios, televisions, newspapers, magazines, posters, handbills and social media like the Facebook and Twitter.
It identifies the onerous task of leaders:
‘The task of leaders is to help societies understand the problems that all must face, to aid in the setting of goals and priorities, to work with others in finding paths to those goals chosen, to maintaining public morale and motivation, and nurturing a workable level of public utility.’
And it highlights the criticisms of leaders:
‘Those who will carry out great public schemes must be proof, therefore, against the worst fatiguing delays; the most mortifying disappointments; the worst shocking insults; and worst of all, the presumptuous judgement of the ignorant upon their designs.’