Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United

by Alex Ferguson , Michael Moritz

Number of pages: 416

Publisher: Hachette Books Group

BBB Library: Leadership

ISBN: 9780316268080

About the Authors

Alex Ferguson : Alex Ferguson Sir Alexander Chapman Alex Ferguson, CBE is a former Scottish


Michael Moritz : Sir Michael Jonathan Moritz KBE is a Welsh-born venture capitalist with


Editorial Review

After an astonishing career-first in Scotland, and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club- Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success. From hiring practices to firing decisions, from dealing with transition to teamwork, from mastering the boardroom to responding to failure and adversity, Leading is as inspiring as it is practical, and a go-to reference for any leader in business, sports, and life.

Book Reviews

"It is billed as "an inspirational guide to great leadership" rather than an orthodox football memoir." The Week

"His new book, Leading: Learning From Life and My Years at Manchester United, is a joint effort with Sir Michael Moritz, a former Time journalist, a longtime partner at Sequoia Capital, and a notable early investor in Google, PayPal, and others." Fortune

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