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The Executive and the Elephant


Praise for The Executive and the Elephant

"Wow, what a book! I started to breeze through it, and I ended up reading and thinking about every chapter....The Executive and the Elephant touches both my brain and my heart, and the effect is at once humbling and energizing. I'm going to send copies to everyone I care about who is under pressure, working hard, and in a leadership position."

—William Ouchi, Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Distinguished Professor in Corporate Renewal, UCLA

"Outstanding! Dick Daft has shed a whole new light on what it takes to set you apart as an effective leader. If I had read this book earlier in my career, I would have arrived sooner to the chairmanship of Bridgestone Americas."

—Mark A. Emkes, retired chairman, CEO, and president, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

"Filled with practical suggestions and novel insights, The Executive and the Elephant will transform anyone into a more effective leader."

—Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business

"In this wonderful book, Dick Daft helps us successfully transform ourselves into the leader—and person—we want to become."

—Robert E. Quinn, M.E. Tracy Collegiate Professor, Ross School of business, University of Michigan

"This magnificent book contains a tapestry of wisdom from around the world that shows leaders how to begin serious self-transformation by someone who has been there, done that."

—Peter Vaill, senior scholar and emeritus professor of management, Antioch University

"This book is a 'bible' for [leadership] self-development."

—Ronald E. Riggio, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

Richard Daft

Richard L. Daft holds the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Chair in the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in the study and teaching of leadership. Professor Daft is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including his best-selling texts, and dozens of scholarly articles. He is listed among the world's most highly cited authors in the fields of economics and business.

Through real-life examples and recent studies in psychology, managment and Eastern spirituality, The Executive and the Elephant provides guidance in finding one's own balance and cultivating the behavior of others.""