Attila the Hun

I just finished the book, The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, by Wess Roberts, Ph.D. Depending on who you ask or what source you read, Attila the Hun is portrayed as a ruthless tyrant or as a noble king. In his book, Roberts assumes the best of him and makes up leadership advice that Attila might have said to develop his chieftains. Mixed within a brief, and somewhat sketchy, timeline of Attila’s life, is the relevant leadership info Attila would have learned and taught to his men. There are some great leadership ideas here and ultimately it makes for an entertaining way to read them. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from “Attila”:

“There is no quick way to develop leaders. Huns must learn throughout their lives–never ceasing as students, never being above gaining new insights or studying innovative procedures or methods–whatever the source.”

“The quality of unyielding drive to accomplish assignments is a desirable and essential quality of leadership. The weak persist only when things go their way. The strong persist and pursue through discouragement, deception and even personal abandonment.”

“Praise those who are simply good Huns. Their need for gratification tends to parallel their level of ambition.”

“Always remember that worthy causes meet with the most resistance–even internal withholding of support and loyalty. If victory is easily gained, you must reconsider the worthiness of your ambitions.”

“Every Hun has value–even if only to serve as a bad example.”

“Without challenge, a Hun’s potential is never realized.”

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan husband, father, executive pastor, and student of truth

6 Comments

Romi

about 6 years ago

So I guess this makes your son li'l hun, right?! ; ) lol What did you end up rating this book?

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jeremy

about 6 years ago

No, it makes him Li'l Attila! I gave it a 4.

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Brandy

about 6 years ago

*Sigh* Jeremy, I have to confess that I live vicariously through you when it comes to reading. I love to read, but I don't have enough hours in the day, although I do try. So, I love when you post these book reviews. :D

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jeremy

about 6 years ago

Lol, well Brandy, I'm glad I can help in this area!

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Danny

about 6 years ago

Actually the little Jernigan will be named "Bama."

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Richard

about 6 years ago

Nice use of Attila, this makes me happy.

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