Where Have our Leaders Gone

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The book is a review of the modern leader and modern leadership strategies. The author does not focus on one aspect and paradigm of leadership. Lee Iacocca focuses on leadership on numerous scopes from politics, business, religion, and music, inspirational and personal experiences(Iacocca, 2007). The book is a denotation leadership in the modern century. However, the author is not much pleased by the direction at which leadership characters are taking. In most parts of the novel, Lee Iacocca shows displeasure in the way leadership positions are utilized and major sectors in the world are being handled. Also in the book is the personal experience of the author and his leadership aspects. The relationship between the author and leadership is based on his past experiences in leadership positions in his personal life and corporate career. The novel is also written as a critique to major leaders across the globe. One major leader criticized in the novel is George Bush. Lee has more than once criticized the leadership styles by George Bush and the evils he committed during his era as president (Iacocca, 2007). Additionally, Lee argues the leadership of George Bush was a sign of the degradation of the leadership status of the United States in which he has doubts on its return as the most significant nation in the Globe (Iacocca, 2007). The novel criticizes the handling of the sectors around the United States ranging from health, finance and political sectors. The downfall of the American industries can be attributed to the type of leaders that are incorporated to head the systems. In support of his argument, Lee cites the sales numbers in Chrysler during his tenure and the current sales(Iacocca, 2007). There is a great difference in both the quality of production, the quantity of production. thus, influencing a great difference in the number of sales (Iacocca, 2007). The novel is based on the argument that leaders a century or years back were more competent in creating strategies and working formulae. Lee reviews significant leaders such as Fidel Castro and the policies he used in his leadership styles and compares to the policies modern leaders use (Iacocca, 2007). Modern leadership policies lack style, originality, competence and performance. Lee shifts the critique to a personal level as he directly criticizes many leadership paradigms arguing he could do a better job than most social and corporate leaders (Iacocca, 2007).
In the book, the aspect that interests me most is the fact that leadership lies in the hands of the citizens or the normal individual. Lee lashes put his anger on citizens who do not bother to vote. He argues that voting is a special chance and that citizens have to change the present authority and leadership. In his argument, it is irresponsible for any person not to vote and it should be treated as a crime (Iacocca, 2007). Apart from the patriotic responsibility of voting, it is a personal responsibility to select the most appropriate leader. Additionally, there is an argument on the influences of voting decisions. Lee put across that most voters in the United States do not base their voting on policies but rather on the candidate of aparty(Iacocca, 2007). This has greatly hindered the development of national policies (Iacocca, 2007).