The Power of Four by Joseph M. Marshall III
Leadership Lessons of Crazy Horse

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What makes a good and true leader—brute power and force? The ability to persuade? Simply holding an influential position? Joseph M. Marshall III, the renowned author of the bestselling The Lakota Way, says no. Reminding us that those who hold public office are first and foremost politicians, and that corporate bigwigs serve the bottom line, Marshall presents us with a different idea of leadership, one drawn from his own Lakota Sioux culture. “True leadership,” he informs us, “is only possible when character is more important than authority.”
Marshall III draws inspiration from three names that have resonated powerfully throughout history to develop his unique concept of leadership: Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and, especially Crazy Horse, whose fascinating life Marshall already chronicled in a biography that Publishers Weekly praised as “vivid and haunting.” Crazy Horse did not teach leadership; he simply demonstrated it, effectively and with compassion. Four factors stand out when looking at him as a leader, and they were the basis of his success:
Know yourself. Know your friends. Know the enemy. Lead the way.  The Power of Four shows how and why these maxims—and this Native American philosophy of leadership—is not only applicable to today’s world, but desperately needed: why leadership by example is more powerful than authority; and why the selection of leaders also becomes one way of controlling those very same leaders. Marshall will open readers’ eyes and help them discover how to apply a new set of principles and actions to their own lives.



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Joseph M. Marshall III_ is a teacher, historian, writer, and a Lakota craftsman and archer. He has won multiple awards for his screenplays, fiction, and historical books, including The Lakota Way (Viking Compass, 2002), and is the recipient of the Wyoming Humanities Award. Raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, he is one of the few voices empowered to share the authentic wisdom teachings of his people to non-Native Americans. See
Published January 6, 2009 by Sterling. 176 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction

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