The Architecture of Leadership is a simple but effective toolkit for leaders, whose main theme is "preparation = performance." Using the elements of architecture, they begin with a foundation of character and values, move to a floor representing a drive to achieve combined with the capacity to care, and continue with the framework of innate traits and acquired skills to the ceiling and roof of opportunity and performance, respectively. Supporting it all are the pillars of honesty, integrity, courage, respect, commitment, trust, ethics, and hard work.
Donald T. Phillips is the author of Lincoln on Leadership and Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership. Adm. James M. Loy is the former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. They coauthored Character in Action.
"Leadership is one of those intangibles that everyone has a take on these days, however, very few are proven leaders like Admiral Loy. The Architecture of Leadership provides an experience-based and unique perspective from a man who has led many under the most trying circumstances." —Cal Ripken Jr., 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
"There are few as qualified to present, The Architecture of Leadership, as renowned author Donald Phillips and Jim Loy, whose dedicated public service spanned over forty-five years. Together, they offer a thorough and insightful blueprint for building effective leadership. Rich historical examples, illustrating the importance of character and key leadership skills, enliven the discussion. Aspiring leaders and those that teach them will find much to learn here." —Ambassador David Abshire, President, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Co-Founder of the CSIS Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy
"This superb book captures the essence of leadership. The authors break down key traits that define brilliant leaders. Admiral James Loy and Donald Phillips have written a coherent, history-based theory for effective leadership that business, government and nonprofit leaders will benefit from enormously." —General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)
"Phillips and Loy address one of the greatest challenges we face today, in our community, across our country and around the world: the need for leadership. By identifying the distinct elements that mark true leadership, The Architecture of Leadership maintains that we all have the capacity to become better leaders and further, show us how we can get there. There can be no more important lesson today for those in the private sector or public service." —The Honorable Mitchell B. Reiss, Vice Provost for International Affairs, The College of William & Mary
"Leadership requires full engagement of the head, the heart and the soul of both individuals and of teams. The Architecture of Leadership provides the reader with a framework to learn and develop a full spectrum of leadership skills. In addition, operational examples and captivating stories are provided sharing the experiences of people we know and people we don't know that inspire us all to improve and excel regardless of our role or the organization i.e., public or private, that we work in. I recommend it as a foundation text not only for current leaders but also for our youth as they pursue their careers, education, and life in general. A sincere thank you to Admiral Loy and Mr. Phillips!" —Anne L. Stevens, Chairman, President & CEO, Carpenter Technology Corporation