Book Review: Lead Like Ike

28 Jun

Composed by Geoff Loftus, Lead Like Ike:  Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day details ten strategies utilized by Dwight Eisenhower during World War II, particularly D-Day, and how modern-day leaders can utilize these same plans to ensure the success of their businesses or similar enterprises.

A history enthusiast myself, I found myself very moved and inspired by the character, attitude and decisions of Dwight Eisenhower.  Interweaved with this fascinating historical account is modern-day business parallels that aid the reader in making connections that might not otherwise be made.  

I am not well-versed in business, so this is probably my failing, but as I was reading, there were several passages that I wish had been written more in the traditional style of historical, biographical texts.  In addition, some of the principles that Loftus puts before the reader seemed like basic, common-sense principles.  However, as I said, I am not familiar with the ins and outs of business, so some of these strategies could prove valuable to those who consider themselves modern business men or women.

The bottom line is that the point of this book is to combine Ike’s leadership qualities with business practices of the modern age.   Anyone looking for a traditional historical biography is not going to get that in this book.  But if you’re a business-minded individual who is looking to learn helpful strategies from a man of character, this book is most certainly for you.

A copy of this book was provided free of obligation by Thomas Nelson publishers.  I was in no way compensated for this review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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