David A. Heenan, Warren G. Bennis

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Narrated By: Jeff Riggenbach

Duration: 10 hours and 53 minutes

What to expect

Today’s celebrity CEO is either a figurehead or an egomaniac, too public a personality to get the real work done. That work is done instead by teams of leaders: exceptional deputies who forge great partnerships to maximize both organizational and personal success. Written for CEOs, managers, and anyone else interested in modern organizations, this is the first comprehensive study of co-leaders and their often quiet power. In a growing number of non-hierarchical organizations, talent, not title, is the source of power; boss and subordinate seem more like peers, with the spotlight on great partnerships. Co-leaders understand both the executive and subordinate experience, making them better adapted to the needs of the new millennium, where those who can command and follow will prove to be the greatest assets of any organization.


Management: leadership and motivation, Business and Management, Entrepreneurship, Management and management techniques, Management: leadership and motivation

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“Through their fascinating stories of great co-leaders, Dave Heenan and Warren Bennis remind us that you don’t have to be captain of the team to find success. Important reading for aspiring leaders.”

Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor to President Bush

“Dave Heenan and Warren Bennis have done a masterful job of capturing just how important collaboration and teamwork are…Must reading for every executive.”

Ed Villani, President and CEO, Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc.

“Heenan and Bennis’ persuasive argument for the importance of the second-in-command and their in-depth descriptions of successful ‘back up’ leaders makes Co-Leaders a superlative read.”

Jerry Porras, Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change, Stanford University, and coauthor of Built to Last

“At a time when CEOs and celebrities are synonymous, Co-Leaders offers riveting stories about the quiet powers behind the glaring spotlight of success.”