Opening the pages on leadership (HR manager’s bookshelf)

Recent books gain credibility by going beyond ‘hero worship’
By Ray Brillinger
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/21/2006

Wander into any bookstore, head to the business section and you’ll find no shortage of new titles. Some try to explain the secrets of success of famous executives or politicians. Some deal with managing difficult employees. Others offer guidance for developing the reader’s leadership ability.

As a consultant and experienced manager myself, I’m often skeptical. The simplistic advice, the hero worship or the whole aura of mystery — attributing all of the organization’s success (or failure) to a single leader — get in the way of credibility.