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Two Books on Leadership

It is a curious fact of Leadership Is an Art that it appeared at the end of the 1980s, when, one presumes, some goals of good management philosophy might have been implemented on a large scale. However, the evidence of the books--the persistence of One Minute Manager in the market on one hand and the apparent need for Leadership Is an Art in the same market-on the other--is that as a practical matter effective management strategies are elusive and far more difficult to achieve than the book authors themselves might admit.

The premise of One Minute Manager is that strong, effective business management and performance are a consequence of simple, direct, and honest explanation of what is expected by management of workers, together with regular follow-up and evaluation of performance, and a commitment on the part of management to both people and results (Blanchard and Johnson, 1981, p. 18). That is, the more a manager facilitates good feelings on the part of subordinates about themselves and their work (p. 19), the more likely the workers are to be productive and to produce highquality work. Blanchard and Johnson recommend "secrets" of good management, in the form of one-minute goals, one-minute praisings, and one-minute reprimands.

Blanchard and Johnson define the One Minute Manager as one "who gets good results withou


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