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Publisher's Summary

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full riveting story of his managerial career - his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs - and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.

©2016 Carlo Ancelotti (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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One time read

I'm not a football lover. So most of the parts of the book not related to leadership become irrelevant. The narration is great though

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Overall the book throws no surprises

You know how you get off on the wrong foot? Well the prologue to the book starts off by a statement which in effect seeks to endear MBA Students and non-football readers. There’s another disclaimer. There are no “revelations”, “never heard before” stories. Mr.Ancelotti just states facts and of course underlined leadership qualities in every story. But it’s not all bad. We do get a sneak peek into the great manager’s mind. There are a few words from players and opposition managers which don’t seem to be censored. But overall the book throws no surprises. And yeah, if you’re an MBA student, give it a go. You may learn more from the book that from your degree.

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  • Christopher
  • 27-05-16

Candy for any leader who also loves football.

I completed this book in less than 24hrs. It was completely engaging, a very honest work. It was very refreshing to find an extremely successful man who knew his 'quiet' strengths and stuck to them. The leadership principles in the book are very solid but have also been integrated seamlessly into the practical the experiences of Carlo.

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  • Mutie Mule
  • 02-01-18

Excellent oversight from Carlo

I really loved the story line. Quite an excellent read on how to manage a team of different talented people quietly and just getting on with results.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 30-01-21

Carlo talks to the people not over them.Insightful

Carol talks to the people, not over them. I loved it! great and recommend b

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  • Eli
  • 11-11-20

Excellent!!

Great stories and great advise for footballers and for anyone. Thank you Carlos, grazie.

Futbolero,

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  • Ove Holmberg
  • 16-05-20

Too little about handling failure

Like the loss vs Liverpool in champions League had been interesting to hear more about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Good simple description of leadership

This book does a great job of giving specific examples of the quiet leadership model favored by Carlo Ancelotti. The books gives all the foundational pieces of quiet leadership without making you feel like there is only one way to approach leadership. I recommend for anybody in a leadership role or a member of a team (this is not limited to soccer/football or even sports for that matter)

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  • Perry from VA
  • 06-02-20

Brilliant!

This book was a wonderful insight into Carlito’s life as a manager and how he navigates the daily life of a world class manager. Chalk full of good lessons for anyone in leadership roles while offering great insight into how he dealt with club management throughout the years. I love this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-19

Brilliant from Carlo

I love Carlo Ancelotti's story.
Quiet Leadership should be read by every business person, even if they are not in the sports business.

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  • 16-06-19

Lacks substance

Unlike many other sports biographies, this book just skims the surface. There are no major insights or learnings from Ancelotti's amazing career as a player and manager. Such a pity.

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  • Eric D. Olivares
  • 06-10-18

Great book.

Awesome recollection of Carlo's successful career, with a nice slight translation to the business professional world.

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  • SGibbens
  • 29-05-16

What a politician

This is quite different to the normal football biography. Carlo's book its almost an instructional guide on how to deal with personalities at a club. Normally in this kind of bio you get some stories on a few players who the author did not get along with but Roman Abramovic and possibly Leonardo are the only people to take a bit of a hit.

Its very interesting to hear a different approach to the 'my way or no way' style that most managers preach.

I came out of this with a higher opinion of Carlo Ancelotti.

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  • Max
  • 16-10-16

So good, i listened to it twice in a row.

Captivating book, great to listen to in the morning. Not as bloated as Sir Alex's recent forays into management literature.

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  • Barbara the healer
  • 09-03-19

Surprisingly enjoyable for a non-football fan

I wasn't sure what to think about this book before I listened to it. I don't follow football or any sport, however, I found it illuminating as a text for business managers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-19

The Boss.

Great to hear an insight into our new manager. One clearly in control at each one of his Clubs.

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  • Gabor
  • 22-04-18

Great book about Leadershi through sports

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great journey through Mr. Ancelotti's carrier as a player and coach. Entertaining stories, well described relationships to player and owners.
If you are tired of ledership books with business examples, this is refreshing how you can enjoy learning with exaples of professional sport.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quiet Leadership?

creating rules and how to control them

What about Richard Lumsden’s performance did you like?

good voice, great performance

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

it would be a documantary with lot of archives

Any additional comments?

I think I will listen it again

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  • michael
  • 03-08-16

great insite into a great man

great to hear from inside the dressing rooms at all the clubs Carlo has managed, really good insite into what really goes on and into the mind of one of the best managers there has been

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  • Paul MC CANN
  • 12-03-21

decent

expected more to be honest, great story, narration and structure of book not great, thanks

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  • Mr Qasim Akhtar
  • 02-02-21

One of my favourite audiobooks

Enjoyed the listen. Well read and told. Very useful insights on how to manage and get the best of out talent. Transferable to any walk of life/industry.

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  • Vi
  • 09-12-20

Loved it!

Amazing piece of content. Ancelotti shares his vast experience. Managing and football knowledge. Must read.

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  • wayne price
  • 23-11-20

Top read...

Top read for any leader and football fan. Creates thought provoking insight to leadership, football and how they can be aligned in the sport whilst allowing an understanding of how the quiet leadership approach can be fruitful in any role.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-18

Carlo is nice. Really nice. Everyone agrees.

Carlo has achieved a lot and genuinely seems to be a good, kind hearted person. someone that I admire.
The book obviously shows that you can achieve great things through being nice but I found it to be repetitive without adding much for the length of book. aside from many endorsements from many people as to how nice Carlo is.

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  • Jim
  • 07-04-18

Positive leader who cares

Fantastic book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills in any field not just football.

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Just wants to improve their ability to be a good person

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-17

Enthralling

An outstanding insight in to the mind of one of the world's truly great coaches. Thoroughly recommended!