The Myth of the Strong Leader : Political Leadership in the Modern Age, Paperback

The Myth of the Strong Leader : Political Leadership in the Modern Age Paperback



Archie Brown challenges the widespread belief that 'strong leaders', dominate individual wielders of power, are the most successful and admirable.

Within authoritarian regimes, a collective leadership is a lesser evil compared with a personal dictatorship.

Within democracies, although 'strong leaders' are seldom as strong or independent as they purport to be, the idea that just one person is entitled to take the big decisions is harmful and should be resisted.

Examining Franklin D Roosevelt and Mikhail Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping and Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair amongst many others, this landmark study pinpoints different types and qualities of leadership.

Overturning the popular notion of the strong leader, it makes us rethink preconcpetions about what it means to lead.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Political leaders & leadership
  • ISBN: 9780099554851



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