Top Dog: A Different Kind of Book About Becoming an Excellent Leader

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In fascinating first-hand interviews with top CEOs, after almost a decade of research, and through a riveting business-fiction account of Arlen Royster, a CEO faced with a career-threatening crisis, Top Dog chronicles the role of the corporate CEO as leader, facilitator, and communicator.

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With CEOs now being kicked out of their corner offices at an unprecedented rate, it's time, say Pincus and DeBonis, to rethink the role and responsibilities of the corporate leader, not the least of which is the way top dogs communicate to all their key stakeholders--most of all, employees. On the basis of 10 years of research, the authors link communications and leadership in a definitive way, showing through data and case histories how consistency, compassion, organization, and selectivity (their CCOS model) form the linchpins of true communications. As another illustration, they spin a fictional tale of Arlen Royster, CEO of a national hotel chain, who's faced with both cooked books and an internal mutiny. Endnotes and fairly impressive CEO interviews underscore their major theme: that U.S. business leaders must learn the hows, whens, wheres, and whys of communicating to succeed both now and in the next century. A book that not only needs to be written but also to be read widely. Barbara Jacobs

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Done in a format that is different from most management books, this work is about the changing role of the chief executive officer, especially in the area of communications. Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of the issue, for example, the link between communication and leadership. The beginning of each chapter is a well-documented discussion of the issues; the second part is a fictional story, running through the entire work, of Arlen Burch Royster, CEO of Royal Accommodations, a hotel chain. The story helps the reader experience in real terms the issues being discussed. Pincus (communications, California State-Fullerton) and DeBonis, a marketing consultant, present an excellent, readable work. Highly recommended for all management collections.
Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Collegeville, Minn.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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