Leadership Without Easy Answers, Volume 465

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Harvard University Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 348 pages
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The economy uncertain, education in decline, cities under siege, crime and poverty spiraling upward, international relations roiling: we look to leaders for solutions, and when they don't deliver, we simply add their failure to our list of woes. In doing so, we do them and ourselves a grave disservice. We are indeed facing an unprecedented crisis of leadership, Ronald Heifetz avows, but it stems as much from our demands and expectations as from any leader's inability to meet them. His book gets at both of these problems, offering a practical approach to leadership for those who lead as well as those who look to them for answers. Fitting the theory and practice of leadership to our extraordinary times, the book promotes a new social contract, a revitalization of our civic life just when we most desperately need it. Drawing on a dozen years of research among managers, officers, and politicians in the public realm and the private sector, among the nonprofits, and in teaching, Heifetz presents clear, concrete prescriptions for anyone who needs to take the lead in almost any situation, under almost any organizational conditions, no matter who's in charge. His strategy of leadership applies not only to people at the top but also to those who must lead without authority - activists as well as presidents, managers as well as workers on the frontline. Here are Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi, in triumph and in tragedy. Here too are military officers and soldiers, doctors and patients, college students, and local civic groups. Sketched with precision, touched by empathy, and unfailingly interesting, this cast of characters brings Heifetz's theory to life, demonstratingwhat a practitioner can do - or avoid doing - to assume leadership in an age without easy answers.
  

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"We tend to look the wrong kind of leadership. We call for someone with answers, decision, strength, and a map of the future. Instead of looking for saviors, we should be calling for leadership that ... Read full review

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This book is one I have read three times. Leadership is complex and this book examines that complexity. Read more at: http://jerryjennings.wordpress.com/20... and: http://jerryjennings.wordpress.com/20... Read full review

Contents

Values in Leadership
13
To Lead or Mislead?
28
The Roots of Authority
49
Leading With Authority
67
Mobilizing Adaptive Work
69
Applying Power
101
On a Razors Edge
125
Falling Off the Edge
150
Creative Deviance on the Frontline
183
Modulating the Provocation
207
Staying Alive
233
Assassination
235
The Personal Challenge
250
Notes
279
Acknowledgments
339
Index
343

Leading Without Authority
181

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About the author (1994)

Ronald Heifetz directs the Leadership Education Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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