About the Book
Dwight Eisenhower’s leadership methods during the most daunting project in history, the D-Day Invasion, provide invaluable strategies for today’s business person.
No modern CEO has ever led such a large organization—the immense Allied military forces of the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada—in the face of such crushing pressure to succeed. Lead Like Ike begins with Eisenhower reporting for work as the CEO of D-Day Inc., facing a ridiculously tight timeline, having to create an executive staff and company, and then managing D-Day Inc.’s early projects, the invasions of North Africa and Sicily. By analyzing military operations as business operations, and the commanding general as CEO, Lead Like Ike finds management lessons for modern corporate executives.
My Thoughts on the Book
This book takes a unique approach to leadership, analyzing the different points in the career of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his leadership style into that of being a CEO or manager of a business. Some of the analogies within the book included:
- Determining the mission
- Risk management
- Handling the board of directors: FDR, Churchill and the Combined Chiefs of Staff
- Building and leading an executive staff
- Creating the company: Making the Allied military into a single force that could fulfill its mission
- Understanding the competition and the market: Hitler and Occupied Europe
- Preserving his stakeholders: Eisenhower was loathe to waste his soldiers’ lives on anything less than complete success.
I found the book itself to be fluid and easy to read. I was intrigued to how the author intertwined Ike’s life with the everyday management decisions that I and others like me make. I found this approach to be refreshing and I found it to be an interesting way to teach and share leadership principles.
Overall, I was impressed with this book and I think you will be as well!
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