High school history teachers notwithstanding, most people can tell you one mere fact about
Attila the Hun—he was bad. Notoriously, infamously so, and yet for twenty years people
have flocked to enjoy this classic tome on leadership, now available as an audio book. The
author was kind enough to include a substantial background on the life of Attila and for the
historically challenged, the cultural and political circumstances related to the creation of
the Hun empire. The introduction includes a meaty description of the choices and events in
Attila's life that made him one of the most recognizable figures in history. By providing this
common background for readers, the author lays the foundation for a point by point discussion
of the personal behaviors attributed to Attila that made him uniquely successful in leading and
unifying a large group of people unrelated by culture or religion.
Though the title Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun is meant to be somewhat
tongue-in-cheek, the principles taught hold true. Many of the examples, such as the long hours
Attila personally spent in negotiations with tribal leaders to ensure their allegiance, make
perfect sense in today's world. Real relationships of trust are built on the interaction between
two people and the personal characteristics and attributes each brings to the table, rather than
technology and other non-human factors.
While there are many books that give more readily usable ideas for someone looking for a quick
fix for their organization or business, few books in the business aisle are so thoroughly
entertaining. History buffs will love this most interesting application of ancient knowledge to
modern challenges and audiobook lovers will enjoy this compelling, portable read.