Quote by Peter Drucker: “Management is doing things right; leadership is...”
Why Read Peter Drucker?
Just about anyone who reads this book will have read or been affected by the writings of Peter Drucker. Throughout much of his career, Drucker seemed to have little use for the concept of leadership. His concern was management. Although strands of that philosophy remained woven into his writings throughout his career, Drucker did conclude in his later years that leadership was a capability distinct from management and that it could be learned. While he did not address leadership, per se, at length and never concisely defined the role, it can be argued that Drucker wrote incessantly on the subject and had a coherent concept of leadership. Cohen attempts to provide the orderly exposition on the topic that Drucker never did. Cohen is well qualified for the job.
Peter Drucker, also known as the Father of Modern Management Theory, coined terms and strategies that are still used today. Peter Drucker, also known as the Father of Modern Management Theory, coined leadership terms and strategies that are still used today. He advocated for a more flexible, collaborative workplace, and the delegation of power across the board. According to Drucker, "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Drucker was focused on decentralizing management in the workplace. He wanted all employees to feel valued and empowered, like their work and voice mattered.
Because a manager can profit both from the ideas and from the discipline of mind by which they are formulated. But does anyone read his works?
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The Legacy of Peter Drucker, Father of Modern Management
Peter Drucker is to management literature what J. Tolkien is to fantasy fiction. Drucker did it first. He did it best. And almost every theme explored by today's practitioners was prefigured in his writing. Earlier this year I reached out to Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, to ask whether any of the ideas Drucker espoused over his odd years as our preeminent business thinker had proved wrong. The conclusion: not really.