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View From the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World

Book Description

Learn leadership from the best—proven insights from the power elite in business, government, and beyond

View from the Top brings readers inside the corridors of power and relates the personal stories and powerful findings from the Platinum Study, a groundbreaking study of 550 elite American CEOs, senior government leaders, and nonprofit executives based on ten years of research. The largest study of its kind, the Platinum Study delves into the domains of the elite with stories that illustrate both the use and misuse of power across the landscape of prominent American institutions such as AT&T, Harvard University, UnderArmour, JP Morgan Chase, Bain & Company, and the White House. The book explores not only how leaders wield power, but it also provides readers with insight into applying the strategies of the successful in their own lives.

In the United States, only a few thousand individuals make the decisions that influence the lives of over 300 million people. Whether in the government, business, higher education, or the arts, these individuals direct policy and set the terms of national debates, yet remain virtually unknown. View from the Top explores the real lives of the elite and the social worlds they inhabit, revealing lessons about influence at the top, and the seven principles that shape those in power. The results of the Platinum Study include unexpected truths such as:

  • Being born into wealth is a poor predictor of leadership success

  • One program can set you on the path to leadership

  • It doesn't matter what college you attend

  • A leader's best work never sees the light of day

  • Time-crushed executives are better situated than most to manage their family lives

  • Crisis is the quickest way for a leader to shape an institution

  • Working longer does not mean working better

  • The book examines the different paths to power and describes the essence of leadership and the fundamental traits that distinguish a leader from the pack. For anyone seeking sharpen their leadership skills and impact the world around them, View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World provides the roadmap to taking charge and inspiring change.

    Table of Contents

    1. Praise for <i xmlns="" xmlns:epub="" xmlns:m="" xmlns:svg="" xmlns:ibooks="">View From the Top</i>
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Introduction
      1. Platinum Leaders
      2. Learning from Stories as Well as Statistics
      3. On Top of the World
      4. Why Study Power from within the Halls of Faith?
      5. Notes
    5. Chapter 1: Act Personally, But Think Institutionally: Develop Your Network Beyond Your Organization
      1. Mentor Relationships
      2. Institutions
      3. Connections
      4. Cohesion and Tension
      5. Act Personally, But Think Institutionally
      6. Notes
    6. Chapter 2: Leadership Begins at 20: Beyond Bootstraps and Boarding School
      1. The Path to the Top
      2. Overcoming Disadvantage
      3. Early Influences
      4. College and Beyond: Continuing the Liberal Arts Life
      5. Notes
    7. Chapter 3: More Breadth, Less Depth: Catalyzing Your Leadership
      1. Leadership Catalysts
      2. The White House Fellowship
      3. Notes
    8. Chapter 4: The Essence of Leadership: Driving Productivity, People, and Culture
      1. Leadership and Power
      2. Productivity
      3. Managing and Motivating
      4. Building a Thriving Culture
      5. Notes
    9. Chapter 5: Strength in the Crucible of Crisis
      1. Surviving Frustrations and Futility
      2. The Crucible Refines
      3. Making Decisions in the Crucible
      4. Notes
    10. Chapter 6: Lead with Your Life: Because It's Much More than a Job
      1. The Toll It Takes
      2. Taxing the Personal Life
      3. The Privileged Lifestyle: “There's Something Wrong Here”
      4. They Love to Work
      5. Notes
    11. Chapter 7: Lead for Good: Motivations and Outcomes
      1. Motivations
      2. Mechanisms of Influence
      3. View From the Top
      4. Notes
    12. Conclusion
      1. Incarnational Leadership
    13. Appendix
      1. Notes
    14. Acknowledgments
    15. Index
    16. End User License Agreement