An Anatomy of Leadership
Howard Gardner, one of the world's most accomplished psychologists, identifies the features, trends and paradoxes that characterize leadership today. While there have been many previous studies of leadership, Howard Gardner's is the first to concentrate on the crucial component of leadership - the human mind. In illuminating portraits of a wide range of leaders he explores the complex dynamic relationship between the mind of the leader and that of his or her followers.
Drawing a distinction between direct and indirect leaders - the former, politicians, military men and business gurus who seek to exercise power and influence people, and the latter, scientists, novelists, painters who do so through the creation of symbolic products - Gardner reveals the key to leadership: the ability to create a story that affects the thoughts, feelings and actions of other individuals.
At a time of uncertainty in world leadership, 'Leading Minds' provides a significant and original contribution to our understanding of the challenges faced by leaders of organizations and nations today.