254 pages / October 2012 / 1,400 yen (w/o tax)
A former CEO of The Body Shop and Starbucks talks about how to become the kind of leader that people want to follow.
What do you think of when you hear the word “leader”? You probably imagine a charismatic person with strong leadership skills, excellent presentation and, simply put, the kind of person people are drawn to. There are probably people who doubt that they can ever become like that. The author, Matsuo Iwata, asserts that anybody who works hard enough can become a leader.
Mr. Iwata, who despite his magnificent credentials refers to himself as “just a normal guy,” shares 51 points on how to become the type of person that people want to look up to.
This book is recommended for those in management, new leaders, people who are going to be in charge of others for the first time, and other people as well.
Chapter 1: Not all leaders have to be cool
Chapter 2: Leaders don’t have to be talkative
Chapter 3: Leaders don’t go out drinking with their subordinates
Chapter 4: Leaders shouldn’t be swayed by others’ actions
Chapter 5: Leaders shouldn’t be idle
Chapter 6: Leaders don’t have to be well read
Chapter 7: Leaders can show weakness
I always imagined a leader as someone who is strong and cool. But Mr. Iwata says, “It doesn’t matter if a leader is uncharismatic, sometimes soft-spoken or not cool. In fact, what’s important is becoming a better human being and working on improving yourself.”
I hope that as you read this book, you will discover that there are different types of leaders and leadership methods.