Picks and Pans Review: Leadership

UPDATED 12/02/2002 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/02/2002 at 01:00 AM EST

by Rudolph W. Giuliani

Board chairmen and CEOs will find Leadership mandatory reading. In 16 swift chapters, the nation's highest-profile ex-mayor offers a first-hand primer on how to run a large organization. Drawing on his experiences as a federal prosecutor and eight years at the helm of New York City, Giuliani discusses how to conduct a morning meeting (he even held one on Sept. 12, '01), delegating authority and insisting on accountability. He illustrates his principles with specific examples, such as the details of the Compstat system—a method of keeping New York City police commanders' feet to the fire by having them constantly defend precinct stats—that helped drive down the crime rate.

Giuliani turns personal at times, sharing intimate thoughts in a section dealing with his prostate cancer (now in remission). But Leadership is at its most gripping in the opening and closing chapters—vivid recollections on how he and the city survived Sept. 11.

On the minus side, Giuliani has a tendency to use first names only—whole sections are peppered with Patti, Tony or Tom, leaving the uninitiated with little notion that Tom isn't, say, a bartender but the city's fire commissioner. And hundreds of names are dropped, from Phil Rizzuto to Bo Derek. Still, Giuliani here shows again why his admirers number in the millions. (Hyperion, $25.95)

BOTTOM LINE: Effective management advice from the master

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