Sir Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013 and helped them win 38 trophies.
Sir Michael Moritz is a renowned Venture Capitalist with Sequoia Capital .
Theodore Roosevelt said
” It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.“
I can related this quote to many leaders whom I have worked with.
They generally work relentlessly towards something that has possessed them disregarding absolutely everything .
This book traces the journey of Sir Alex as an Individual, Coach, Manager and Leader through his own eyes. Sir Michael Moritz takes the journey and aptly summarizes how the critical elements of that journey is no different for building great organizations.
I can easily put this book in the category of a leadership classic. It clearly articulates on how individual can bring in an element of sustained excellence to the environment he commands.
What surprises me is that it makes you feel that leadership is not something you are born with, but kind of something you evolve into and if you make up your mind, you can be a leader who can bring in that element of sustained excellence towards the teams you are leading.
If you want an twitter equivalent of what goes into the leadership style of Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Michael Moritz eloquently puts it as follows
“Press Sir Alex to choose three words to summarise his approach to leadership and he would pick three that begin with the same letter – preparation, perseverance and patience. Compel him to select one word and he would fasten on – consistency.“
Can you take a guess on what possibly is the most repeated word in the book ?
Anyone who is interested in leadership, leadership development, or evaluating their own style of leadership, this book is an invaluable companion and is an engaging read.
“Great leaders are competing – not with others – but with the idea of perfection itself”
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