Leading Minds

An Anatomy Of Leadership

by Howard E. Gardner, Emma Laskin

From a pioneering psychologist and education expert, a sweeping examination of how great leaders harness the power of stories

In Leading Minds, Howard E. Gardner and his research associate, Emma Laskin, take a novel approach to the study of leadership, exploring it from a cognitive perspective to glean powerful lessons for decision makers of all sorts. Drawing on Gardner's groundbreaking work on intelligence and creativity, they show how effective leaders both create new stories and tap into the power of existing narratives. With deep understanding, Gardner and Laskin consider a wide spectrum of leaders-including Manhattan Project director J. Robert Oppenheimer, Pope John XXIII, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, and more-to offer fascinating insights about the messages and the methods of influential people.

Updated and expanded by the author, Leading Minds stands as the definitive psychological study of leadership.

  • Basic Books; December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780465027774
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Leading Minds
  • Author: Howard E. Gardner; Emma Laskin (other)
  • Imprint: Basic Books

In The Press

"An insightful book...[one of the] leadership classics."—Chicago Tribune


About The Author

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. The author of more than twenty books and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and twenty-one honorary degrees, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.