A New Book from Matt: The Leadership Story

We are excited to introduce a new book about leadership.

The Leadership Story is a short book that explores how context, perspective, and time affect our recognition of leadership in others. In the first of several small volumes, leadership is viewed more as a narrative constructed by others than the application of skills, abilities, and traits originating from the leader. The real difference is in the stories told about a specific leader and how these stories become ingrained in the culture—whether that culture is within a small company, a large country, or the entire universe. The book looks at how context, perspective, and time become the narrative components that enable leadership stories to be told, adapted, and perpetuated throughout a culture. If leadership is a story we tell, then how we understand those stories and how we convey those stories becomes so much more important than the knowledge, skill, and ability leaders have. Examples in the book include the story of John Tyler and how he became the first US Vice President to ascend to the Presidency, how Jimmy Carter reshaped the role of the Vice President, and how William McKinley tried to avoid the Spanish-American War. The book also asks whether Neville Chamberlain was really was an appeaser and whether Gerald Ford did the right thing in pardoning Richard Nixon. And, more. 

There are three ways to order the book. You can buy it as a downloadable ePub, a Kindle book, or a paperback. Both digital versions are $9.99 US. The paperback is $20, but you can get it on sale for just $17.50 if you buy now.