The Principles of Posse Management: Lessons from the Wild West for Today’s Leaders is a collection of tales that reveal what Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman, and other legends of the Old West knew about leadership. That’s a clever twist on the classic shoot-em-up, black-hats-vs-white-hats story.
In nearly every Western film prior to 1950, you’ll find a sheriff hastily assembling a group of men to track down an outlaw or two. Area ranchers, or whoever was in the saloon, were quickly deputized. The posse would then mount their horses and take off after the bad guys.
No one asked if the posse members could shoot straight, if they had their own guns and ammunition, or if they’d had experience hunting fugitives. It would appear all that was needed to create a posse was a collection of outraged citizens. Exactly what went into forming an effective posse was much more refined than motion pictures presented and that’s what the Principles of Posse Management is all about.
The Principles of Posse Management includes chapters about the most successful posses in the Old West and the practices they used to apprehend the bad guys. Those practices can be applied by business leaders today to obtain their own goals. The Principles of Posse Management is all about how to best assemble a focused group of individuals and continue smoothly and efficiently toward the completion of a task.
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Reviewed by Chris Enss, COWGIRL Book Editor, and a New York Times best-selling author who writes about women of the Old West.