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Drawing on General George Patton's decisive moves and distinctive style, Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership gives executives and managers straightforward, practical lessons in dynamic, results-oriented management. This guide covers how to develop a leadership attitude, communicate effectively, inspire others, and more, with period photographs of the Patton throughout his Drawing on General George Patton's decisive moves and distinctive style, Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership gives executives and managers straightforward, practical lessons in dynamic, results-oriented management. This guide covers how to develop a leadership attitude, communicate effectively, inspire others, and more, with period photographs of the Patton throughout his career. "What can a civilian corporate leader learn from the combat tactics of General George S. Patton Jr.? Find out by reading Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership. He takes leadership wisdom of one of America's greatest and most colorful combat generals and applies it to contemporary civilian corporate organizations. Organized around Patton's quotations and writings, each being related to specific corporate situations, Axelrod presents an in-depth understanding into the general's leadership style and demonstrates that Patton's 'genius was being able to capitalize on his own intuitive notion of leadership.' This book provides a perspective insight of a leadership methodology that may be a valuable asset to many corporate executives."--Rutherford B. Johnson, commander, Georgia Chapter, George S. Patton Jr. Historical Society "I have no doubt that the leadership skills and personal attitude practiced by General Patton can be used effectively in both corporate and government managerial positions. Current and future leaders would do well to master those skills and to practice the vital requisities of honesty and integrity for which General Patton was noted and without which, leadership is highly suspect."--William A. Burke, Major General (Ret.)


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Drawing on General George Patton's decisive moves and distinctive style, Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership gives executives and managers straightforward, practical lessons in dynamic, results-oriented management. This guide covers how to develop a leadership attitude, communicate effectively, inspire others, and more, with period photographs of the Patton throughout his Drawing on General George Patton's decisive moves and distinctive style, Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership gives executives and managers straightforward, practical lessons in dynamic, results-oriented management. This guide covers how to develop a leadership attitude, communicate effectively, inspire others, and more, with period photographs of the Patton throughout his career. "What can a civilian corporate leader learn from the combat tactics of General George S. Patton Jr.? Find out by reading Alan Axelrod's Patton on Leadership. He takes leadership wisdom of one of America's greatest and most colorful combat generals and applies it to contemporary civilian corporate organizations. Organized around Patton's quotations and writings, each being related to specific corporate situations, Axelrod presents an in-depth understanding into the general's leadership style and demonstrates that Patton's 'genius was being able to capitalize on his own intuitive notion of leadership.' This book provides a perspective insight of a leadership methodology that may be a valuable asset to many corporate executives."--Rutherford B. Johnson, commander, Georgia Chapter, George S. Patton Jr. Historical Society "I have no doubt that the leadership skills and personal attitude practiced by General Patton can be used effectively in both corporate and government managerial positions. Current and future leaders would do well to master those skills and to practice the vital requisities of honesty and integrity for which General Patton was noted and without which, leadership is highly suspect."--William A. Burke, Major General (Ret.)

30 review for Patton on Leadership

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim Bouchard

    General Patton has always been one of my heroes; Alex Axelrod teaches me why. His commentary on quotations from Patton and those who knew him provide excellent lessons for leadership in business and personal life. If you're a Patton fan; you'll love this. If you're not; you'll be pleasantly surprised! General Patton has always been one of my heroes; Alex Axelrod teaches me why. His commentary on quotations from Patton and those who knew him provide excellent lessons for leadership in business and personal life. If you're a Patton fan; you'll love this. If you're not; you'll be pleasantly surprised!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Franco Arda

    Military collected more genuine intellects and risk thinkers than most if not all other professions ... and Patton was definitely one of them. Based on books and the brilliant movie PATTON, he was a truly charismatic personality. Tough, arrogant, bold and direct. And this book displays his characteristics beautifully. The uniqueness of 'Patton on Leadership' lies in the layout. After a short quote or an inscription in Patton's field notebook follows a more detailed description of the meaning/depth Military collected more genuine intellects and risk thinkers than most if not all other professions ... and Patton was definitely one of them. Based on books and the brilliant movie PATTON, he was a truly charismatic personality. Tough, arrogant, bold and direct. And this book displays his characteristics beautifully. The uniqueness of 'Patton on Leadership' lies in the layout. After a short quote or an inscription in Patton's field notebook follows a more detailed description of the meaning/depth by the author. Still kept very short. The book is nicely structured by topics, numerous pictures of Patton which gives the book a nice, almost personal touch of Patton, as well as full page pictures of Patton incl. a typical Patton quote like on page 22 'When in doubt attack'. Typical Patton briliance; on the surface simple but profound in depth (our competitor/enemy might be in doubt too where boldness might strategically be the most effecitve solution). Patton shows deep understanding of strategy vs. tactics; 'be a steamroller in the overall strategy, but flexible in tactics'. The advantage of aggresiveness and boldness in execution and creating favourable circumstances. Readers interested in strategy will easily recognise that Patton was well read in history, in particular he must have read Clausewit's book ON WAR, Book III, the Chapter on 'Boldness', several times :-) It's rare to find a book of a military genius explaining strategy and tactis well. I've failed so far to be really inspired by the writings on masters like Alexander, Napoleon, Clausewitz and the like. Not with this book. Pattons wisdom is applicable and therefore useful. Great read and re-read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    B.E.

    I read this book years ago when I was working as management support. When my daughter was struggling with some of the things her leadership professor was saying, I found a copy of this book - just to show her there is another way to approach management. I've been reading it to her over the phone and plan on sending snippets via email. Not everything is pertinent, but it's still a damn good book. (And I even found a few inspirational quotes I can use to fuel myself for my own work.) I read this book years ago when I was working as management support. When my daughter was struggling with some of the things her leadership professor was saying, I found a copy of this book - just to show her there is another way to approach management. I've been reading it to her over the phone and plan on sending snippets via email. Not everything is pertinent, but it's still a damn good book. (And I even found a few inspirational quotes I can use to fuel myself for my own work.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve Rangoussis

    General Patton's no nonsense approach to leading men has many lessons that are captured in this book. The importance of consistency, standards, accountability, and the ability for a leader to communicate effectively with his team (even using their vernacular) are all addressed. Another essential leadership book that is a must read. General Patton's no nonsense approach to leading men has many lessons that are captured in this book. The importance of consistency, standards, accountability, and the ability for a leader to communicate effectively with his team (even using their vernacular) are all addressed. Another essential leadership book that is a must read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Conrad Heibel

    Throw Good to Great and all the other boring business books away. This slim volume speaks volumes, not only to Patton's leadership, but what lessons we can learn in the business world. I have recommended this to all my managers and to all those who want to make a real difference. Throw Good to Great and all the other boring business books away. This slim volume speaks volumes, not only to Patton's leadership, but what lessons we can learn in the business world. I have recommended this to all my managers and to all those who want to make a real difference.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steven Ramirez

    The make up of the book with Patton quotes followed by an explanation made it an easy read. The best things I took away were points that seemed to be drops in a very large breadth of information. They were: - start off new people with positivity about the organization - make sure people understand where things are, what their success criteria is - involve all stakeholders in any decision making And a few others. All this feels familiar but it’s easy to forget in every day management. The part no one The make up of the book with Patton quotes followed by an explanation made it an easy read. The best things I took away were points that seemed to be drops in a very large breadth of information. They were: - start off new people with positivity about the organization - make sure people understand where things are, what their success criteria is - involve all stakeholders in any decision making And a few others. All this feels familiar but it’s easy to forget in every day management. The part no one tells you in these books is that nothing comes naturally. You have to apply them and be fully aware when you do. The book is fine enough with general manager advice that I’d recommend it but it’s nothing groundbreaking.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gene

    Axelrod beautifully blends Patton's proven wartime leadership approach with the applicability of today's modern business management environment. Axelrod takes multiple lessons from Patton's philosophy and crafts it into something anyone can relate to. Definitely a book I will read again and will add it to my annual TBR list. Axelrod beautifully blends Patton's proven wartime leadership approach with the applicability of today's modern business management environment. Axelrod takes multiple lessons from Patton's philosophy and crafts it into something anyone can relate to. Definitely a book I will read again and will add it to my annual TBR list.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Extremely biased, unorganized, repetitive, and badly written. Whereas it wasn't entirely a waste of time, it was not quality material. Extremely biased, unorganized, repetitive, and badly written. Whereas it wasn't entirely a waste of time, it was not quality material.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Todor Samardzhiev

    Patton is an amazing character, but the author comments felt generic and repetitive. I feel like the book could have been structured much better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brad Ayers

    I loved it! Timeless and very well done.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    "Patton on Leadership" by Alan Axelrod did not focus on the life of Patton and was not a biography. Instead, the book was a compilation of various quotes from Patton throughout his schooling and military career. Patton on Leadership began with an overview of Patton's life and significant aspects of his career that are essential to understanding his leadership strategy he used throughout his career. The background takes the reader throught a quick overview of Patton's climb up the leader ladder a "Patton on Leadership" by Alan Axelrod did not focus on the life of Patton and was not a biography. Instead, the book was a compilation of various quotes from Patton throughout his schooling and military career. Patton on Leadership began with an overview of Patton's life and significant aspects of his career that are essential to understanding his leadership strategy he used throughout his career. The background takes the reader throught a quick overview of Patton's climb up the leader ladder as well as highlighting Patton's greatest achievements in World War II. After the background, the book was set up in various chapters that all dealt with qualities and strategies necessary to be a good leader and manager. Overall, I found this to be a strong read and helpful in my journey to become a strong leader. The first reason I found this to be a strong read was because the war quotations that were selected could be easily connected to real world situations and were relatable. Patton was quoted saying, "During this operation, the Third Army moved farther and faster and engaged more divions in less time than any other army...The results attained were made possible only by the superlative qulity of American Officers, American men, and American equipment" (Axelrod 144). Although Patton is speaking on the success of his men in the war, this same idea is applied to the real world in that it is never just heroism or skill at arms that produces such results. It is rather the result of men and the leadership abilities and management of resources. Patton also says, "When you make a mistake in war, the punishment is death! The trouble is your mistake could cause hundreds of soldiers to die" (Axelrod 253). Here through Patton, Axelrod invites leaders to understand that mistakes should not be taken lightly as they can negatively affect many people. Even though a leader is not always in war, life can be similar to war and actions must be taken with care. The second reason I find this to be a strong read is because of it fulfills my desire to learn more about the military and being a strong leader. Throughout the book there are many quotations that involve aspects of battle or war and allow the reader to become more familiar with aspects of World War II. In WWII Patton disregarded certain orders from officers above him because he believed "it would be a betrayal("disloyal") of the American army to relegate it to a defensive role in a British invasion of Sicily" (Axelrod 64). Patton took matters into his own hands at times but not to defy those above him but rather to complete a mission better. Patton always had insights in being a good leader. For example one of his quotes was "Lack of orders is no excuse for inaction" ( Axelrod 247). This is a great quote for any leader in that it says there is always something to be done and don't sit around waiting to be told to do something. Instead, always be on the ball and take action. Overall this book made great connections between war and the real world as well as provided many insights into the qualities and actions of a great leader.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Hung

    A page-turning book on leadership with one of the American genius military leader. I really learned a lot from the book, although it is always the case that adaptations should be advisable. However, the book outlines and explains the importance of speed, of determination to achieve, of leading by examples, etc., all sort of things today's leaders in business should have acquired of, in a very clear and logical manner. The best part of the book is of course how the author melds and make applicati A page-turning book on leadership with one of the American genius military leader. I really learned a lot from the book, although it is always the case that adaptations should be advisable. However, the book outlines and explains the importance of speed, of determination to achieve, of leading by examples, etc., all sort of things today's leaders in business should have acquired of, in a very clear and logical manner. The best part of the book is of course how the author melds and make application of the military leadership to business practices. Many inclinations, including mine, still hold true today. A recommended book for everyone who want to sharpen their leadership skills with a great and monumental model.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Isenmann

    Most of the world views General George S. Patton as an egotistical, vane, power hungry, bloodthirsty warmonger. What he really was, was probably the greatest motivator, planner, organizer, tactician and strategist the US Army has ever produced. Through a lifetime of study and application, Patton amassed a core set of practices and techniques that successfully and smoothly transform into the business world. Mr. Axelrod reviews these precepts and expands on their application to real-world business Most of the world views General George S. Patton as an egotistical, vane, power hungry, bloodthirsty warmonger. What he really was, was probably the greatest motivator, planner, organizer, tactician and strategist the US Army has ever produced. Through a lifetime of study and application, Patton amassed a core set of practices and techniques that successfully and smoothly transform into the business world. Mr. Axelrod reviews these precepts and expands on their application to real-world business needs. Any business manager would be well advised to study these methods to become a more effective leader, and realize what the General always viewed as the final objective: To Win!

  14. 5 out of 5

    John

    Having Read "Patton" and "War as I Knew it" by Patton this book is basically Patton's leadership cliffnotes. A great compliment to the other two volumes just listed. While this book is not on the official Marines reading list I felt my Marines would benefit from this book so I purchased this out of my own pocket for my shop of several Marines. I assigned weekly readings and we had group discussions about passages and related that to everyday life and experiences we encountered or could encounter Having Read "Patton" and "War as I Knew it" by Patton this book is basically Patton's leadership cliffnotes. A great compliment to the other two volumes just listed. While this book is not on the official Marines reading list I felt my Marines would benefit from this book so I purchased this out of my own pocket for my shop of several Marines. I assigned weekly readings and we had group discussions about passages and related that to everyday life and experiences we encountered or could encounter as leaders of Marines. My Marines really enjoyed the discussions and the book. A good book for anyone in a leadership position, not just those concerned with the business of arms.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    This has become one of my favorite books on leadership and on just getting things done. I borrowed it from my public library after a lucky moment browsing the stacks. I am glad I took it out, and it is definitely a book I am planning on buying as soon as I can. Here is my note on it from my personal blog: [http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.co...] This has become one of my favorite books on leadership and on just getting things done. I borrowed it from my public library after a lucky moment browsing the stacks. I am glad I took it out, and it is definitely a book I am planning on buying as soon as I can. Here is my note on it from my personal blog: [http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.co...]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Patton was certainly a leader to take note of, and Axelrod did a good job summing up Patton's words and deeds then distilling general leadership principles from them. The book was written crisply, though with a good deal of repetition. This makes it ideal for a busy person who might read it in bits and pieces. No need to take notes, the repeated lessons drill themselves home as one works through the book. A quick read that will help one appreciate the leader Patton was, and perhaps help one to s Patton was certainly a leader to take note of, and Axelrod did a good job summing up Patton's words and deeds then distilling general leadership principles from them. The book was written crisply, though with a good deal of repetition. This makes it ideal for a busy person who might read it in bits and pieces. No need to take notes, the repeated lessons drill themselves home as one works through the book. A quick read that will help one appreciate the leader Patton was, and perhaps help one to sharpen one's own leadership skills too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meggen

    This was a really great book about leadership. It had some interesting, yet simple insights. The concepts were well presented and easy to understand, as well as to see how they can be applied to today's leadership opportunities. There are a few places where "colorful" quotes are used. If you can get past the Patton language every now and then you will glean many useful nuggets of leadership truth. This was a really great book about leadership. It had some interesting, yet simple insights. The concepts were well presented and easy to understand, as well as to see how they can be applied to today's leadership opportunities. There are a few places where "colorful" quotes are used. If you can get past the Patton language every now and then you will glean many useful nuggets of leadership truth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Davis Parker

    Any book that gives you 183 page-long lessons is inevitably going to be a disorganized mess. There is no way for the human mind to remember, much less internalize, such a variety of often contradictory messages--which is quite a bummer because there is much to learn from Patton. He was aggressive, demanding, audacious, inspiring, and most of all successful. Leaders have a tremendous amount to learn from Patton, but this book does not do those lessons justice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rudy Gonzales

    Normally, I cringe whenever I hear the word "Corporate", as it often means people in suits taking credit for work done by people with dirt under their fingernails. Yet the principles of Gen. Patton, described by the author along with advice on how to apply them in a corporate setting; can be used in ANY setting, be it business, family, social circle, etc. Normally, I cringe whenever I hear the word "Corporate", as it often means people in suits taking credit for work done by people with dirt under their fingernails. Yet the principles of Gen. Patton, described by the author along with advice on how to apply them in a corporate setting; can be used in ANY setting, be it business, family, social circle, etc.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

    There is probably not a more concise or clearly written compilation on practical leadership than what Patton wrote. Alan Axelrod does a great job of organizing and giving contemporary context to most of what Patton has written himself on leadership. Regarding Patton's relatively few laconic lines of text on the topic, this work is worth bookshelves compared to the volumes others have written. There is probably not a more concise or clearly written compilation on practical leadership than what Patton wrote. Alan Axelrod does a great job of organizing and giving contemporary context to most of what Patton has written himself on leadership. Regarding Patton's relatively few laconic lines of text on the topic, this work is worth bookshelves compared to the volumes others have written.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Thompson

    Work - Team Book This book was pretty good. I like the emphasis on support of the team members. Some of it was very easy to relate to the working world but some of it was a stretch. One thing for certain it was a easy read and becuase of that I would recommend it to others.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terrie

    Having to miss two of the discussions on this book, I didn't finish. Having to miss two of the discussions on this book, I didn't finish.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Foo Hup

    A surprisingly easy to read book...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bala

    Very nice book with insights into Patton's leadership style and how it applies today. Of course, a few of his principles won't apply for corporate world. Still, a good read. Very nice book with insights into Patton's leadership style and how it applies today. Of course, a few of his principles won't apply for corporate world. Still, a good read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris Rea

    This book is filled with plenty of practical lessons, from one of histories most colorful and talent figures.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Fischback

    I really enjoy this book. Patton was a colorful character who understood the value of praise. This book is well written, half the material is actual quotes by Patton. I highly recommend this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Trent

    Great leadership/organizational principles book. I have now read to twice. Very short chapters for when you have just a minute to read. The ideas are both inspirational and insightful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    James

    Short business audio book but did not learn too much other than Patton smacked some guy with a glove, later had to apologize only to find out that the smack was the most remembered thing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Francis Dostie

    Must Read. Concrete example of how to adapt Patton mind set in a business warfare.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    A timeless must read for anyone in a position of strategic leadership, whether in the corporate world, today's military, politicians and up and coming leaders. A timeless must read for anyone in a position of strategic leadership, whether in the corporate world, today's military, politicians and up and coming leaders.

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