Apr 13

Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters Book

When it comes to leadership, what does it really mean to be good? Written by entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and bestselling author Anthony K. Tjan, Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters argues that now more than ever we need to prioritize goodness and character.

Smarts and skills should never mask shallow character and goodness. To make this point, Tjan draws examples and lessons from extraordinary innovators, executives, artists, academics, and role models from all walks of life, including:

  • Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria, who is reinventing the MBA degree to refocus on leadership of character.
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who shows profound kindness to her staff and clerks.
  • Hollywood talent manager Shep Gordon, who counsels his clients on the importance of generosity and gratitude in a cutthroat industry.
  • Business advisor Tsun-yan Hsieh, who decided his legacy at McKinsey & Company would be mentoring hundreds of employees.
  • Master jazz musician Clark Terry, who devotedly mentored the young blind pianist Justin Kauflin.

Packed with practical advice, Good People is an urgent call-to-action that presents readers with a new language and framework to evaluate, develop, and lead with goodness. Cheers!


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