This is the leadership book you have to read: a barn-storming new take on what makes a versatile, integrated and effective leader.

Using stories and examples from the lives of leaders, (from the sports stadium, to the White House, to the office of the CEO), Nicholson shows vividly how the capacity of leaders to see what others do not see frames their actions and allows them to transform, build, destroy, or stabilize.

Leaders fail through lack of insight — into themselves and into the worlds they inhabit.
The strategic challenge of leadership is to find the right balance between impact and versatility and the successful crafting of an identity that merges the leader and the surrounding culture or ‘zeitgeist’. Leaders covered in the book include:
George Bush, Tony Blair, George S Patton, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Josef Stalin, Hannibal, Elizabeth I, Nelson Mandela, Edith Cowan, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, Henry Ford, Ernest Shackleton, Barack Obama, Robert Maxwell, JFK, Pope John XXIII, Margaret Thatcher and Samuel Pepys.

This book resonates with insights and searching questions on the nature of human leadership. It will be an invaluable guide to managers, consultants and people everywhere.

Moment 1
An African-American female teacher faces around 30 young children in a Florida elementary school classroom. Behind their heads you can hear the click and whirr of motorized camera lenses. Next to her, also facing the class, sits a man, legs folded, observing the scene with the appearance of relaxed geniality. After a couple of minutes, as the teacher is drilling the class on its reading, a second man comes hurriedly up behind the seated man, bends at the waist and whispers something in his ear. The seated man looks momentarily startled, then distracted, but quickly resumes the appearance of following the class.