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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 20 Anv edition (Feb. 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446391069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446391061
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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H. Ross Perot

...The principles are timeless.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Wess Roberts, Ph.D. is the international best-selling author of Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Straight A's Never Made Anybody Rich, and Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun.


Dr. Roberts has held senior management positions at major insurance and financial service companies on the West Coast. He served as a major in the U.S. Army where he was assigned for three years to the U.S. Army Combat Arms Training Board. As an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University, Utah State University, and Nova University, Dr. Roberts has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in business, education and psychology. He currently makes his home in Utah, where he writes and lectures on a variety of business and leadership topics.

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Whether or not the book has factual historical basis is beside the point. I approached this book with what they call in filmmaking as "suspension of disbelief". When read against the backdrop of ordinary experiences, most of the author's analogies and aphorisms amazingly make sense. Attila can exact obedience by just killing rivals and subordinates -- hardly the epitome of the leader. But he rose and survived among unthinking barbarians -- he demonstrated leadership even before he became one. To survive and lead amid trying circumstances is the essence of this book. The author detailed out the mechanics of Attila's leadership which is so credible you would willingly believe. Management gurus dissect leadership in complex paradigms and theories. Wess Robert's Attila simplified these in absolute truths--loyalty, courage, desire, emotional/physical stamina, empathy, decisiveness, anticipation, timing, competitivenes, self-confidence, accountability, responsibility, credibility, tenacity, dependability and stewardship. Attila exuded benign leadership when he gave up Rome and the world because of the word of the Pope. It would be hard to find another parallel in history.
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As a person who majored in history, I knew that very little is known about Attila the Hun. Having deliberately avoided the book for over a decade, it suddenly occurred to me that there might be a lot of interesting information here that I had been ignoring. So I read the book. I goofed! I should have skimmed a couple of chapters first.
There is nothing in here about Attila that I did not know when I started. And the leadership secrets are not based on anything Attila said, but the author's conclusions about what leaders should do. Each chapter is introduced with a little Attila vignette to help justify the title of the book, and provide some context. Sometimes it works, and often it doesn't.
Let me explain my rating system for the book. As a leadership book, I rated this book as two stars. The reason I rated it so low is that the book has over 200 aphorisms in it that are vague, pretty disconnected from today's world and usually contradict one another. For example, each of them is phrased in terms of what Attila and a Hun should do. On the other hand, at some point, I began to read the book as a satire on leadership books, and I thought it was pretty funny. On that account, I rated it as four stars. I would have rated it higher if it had been shorter or the chapter sequencing had made more sense to me. The chapter on surviving defeat comes after the chapter when Attila voluntarily removed himself from Italy after meeting the Pope, many years after the defeat that is discussed in the next chapter. But that comes as no surprise since the author has told you about both of these things many times before in this short book. If you average a 2 and a 4 star, that's a 3 star rating.
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The title of this brief collection should have been "1970s leadership and Attila the Hun" This book has little to no factual quotes of Attila. Rather, the author twists Hun anecdotes around to force-fit his opinion on leadership. Granted, the author cleverly hides the massive canyon separating the two. Even worse is this books preaching of top-down management. Because of that, it can cause a big problem if put in the wrong hands. Especially because it is written at a sixth grade reading level and a quick read. If truth be told, this book gets a lot more attention than it deserves...
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The title of this book is the only admirable quality to it. I mean, what a great concept. Unfortunately the book falls way short of providing any leadership "secrets" that are worth reading about. I have pursued the leadership thing for years, reading dozens of books and developing myself professionally through leadership positions, classes, and schools. Believe me, this has nothing to offer. And, no piece of information in the book is memorable. The only reason I looked at it in the first place was because of its catchy title.
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I found it appalling to glorify a character like Attila the Hun as an example of leadership and found the many lists in the book quite boring. Attila left no seeds of growth, he motivated soley through material gain, and his empire died with him. These really are not the signs of a remarkable leader. I sincerely hope this book does not inspire future leadership writings guised behind other abhorable characters; this would serve a great injustice on young, impressionable minds.
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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
Written by Wess Roberts
Published by Warner Books in 1990
1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
110 pages
The authors credentials are not revealed in the book other than he has a Ph.D. No background of the author is given in the book. An internet search of Wess Roberts reveals that he has written many books on leadership that appear to be in the same format as this book. The author wrote of his trouble publishing the book in his note in the beginning of the book. I can see the reason I believe he had so much trouble right from the top. He did not use any references and did not even state his own qualifications on the book. I think this takes away from the credibility of a very useful book. References and personal qualifications would have made a big difference in the book.
The purpose of the writing of this book was to teach leadership principles from a persons' life who was not considered a great leader. The reason he chose Attila is, as Dr. Roberts states about books based on the lives of more acceptable persons, "It is, however, sometimes a painstaking challenge to extract from these books the essence of the leadership principles contained in them. Even more challenging is the application in these books to our own lives" (Roberts, 1990, p. xiv). He chose Attila because he believed Attila faced a great challenge in taking hordes of barbarians, and turning them into a nation and "...performed challenging feats
against 'seemingly' insurmountable odds..."(Roberts, 1990, p. xv-xvi). The point of view the book is written in is as an observer of Attila with his troops in the camp between conquests.
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