FC Shortlist1. War may be hell, but times of conflict can be heavenly for gurus ( even those of dubious merit ) who write books about leadership. Robert D. Kaplan, author of Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos ( Random House, 2002 ), is a good guru. He's an expert on foreign and military affairs who turns his attention to leadership lessons from notable historical figures. 2. These may be boom times for leadership gurus, but they are trying times for executives charged with globalizing their companies' operations. Developing Global Executives: The Lessons of International Experience ( Harvard Business School Press, 2002 ), by Morgan W. McCall Jr. and George P. Hollenbeck, tells stories of more than 100 global leaders from 36 countries — how they do what they do and become who they are. 3. Work today is more demanding, more uncertain, and more global than ever. And it involves a more diverse workforce than ever. In his debut book, The 10 Lenses: Your Guide to Living and Working in a Multicultural World ( Capital Books, 2001 ), Mark A. Williams, founder and CEO of the Diversity Channel, helps readers understand the perspective with which they can make sense of diversity in the workplace. A tough-minded look at a potentially soft subject.
A version of this article appeared in the January 2002 issue of Fast Company magazine.