Building Leaders: How Successful Companies Develop the Next Generation / Edition 1

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Base your leadership development programs on proven-to-work techniques. In Building Leaders, authors Conger and Benjamin examine the very best practices of American and foreign companies to present a comprehensive plan for developing leadership talent at every organizational level. Here, readers will find an in-depth presentation of the specific skill sets that individual managers need in order to lead. They'll also discover which organizational values promote leadership, examine successful strategic interventions, and see what a successful leadership plan looks like. Equally illuminating is the section on plans that are destined to fail, along with the section on the future of leadership that shows readers how to design development programs that are most likely to last.

Here, readers will find an in-depth presentation of the specific skill sets that individual managers need in order to lead. They'll also discover which organizational values promote leadership, examine successful strategic interventions, and see what a successful leadership plan looks like.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A must read for all executives and managers, emerging, ascAnding, arriving, and all points beyond! Building Leaders is the single best source I know for original ideas on how to develop and retain exemplary leaders."—Warren Bennis, professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and co-author of Co-Leaders

"Highly readable and useful, this is THE book for guiding leadership development decisions within organizations today."—Patrick Canavan, senior vice president and director, Global Leadership and Organizational Development, Motorola

"Jay Conger and Beth Benjamin bring clarity and insight to the vast, almost boundless, domain of leadership development. Building Leaders helps you both to assess the impact of current approaches and to powerfully build a strategy that will develop leadership talent at all levels of your organization."—Mike Morrison, dean, Toyota University

Consultants Conger and Benjamin look at the successes and failures of more than a dozen organizations in order to provide a blueprint for effectively cultivating a continuous crop of talented leaders. They identify and examine three principal approaches to leadership education: individual skill development, instilling organizational values that promote leadership, and strategic interventions. They also study the popular technique of action learning as a training paradigm. Individual case studies illustrate best practices in an array of business sectors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787944698
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/11/1999
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #27
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

JAY A. CONGER is the director of the University of Southern California's Leadership Institute and the author of Learning to Lead. Named Business Week's Best Professor to Teach Leadership to Executives, he has served on the faculties of the Harvard Business School, McGill University, and INSEAD, and is an internationally recognized leadership expert. BETH BENJAMIN,Ph.D., is a leadership consultant for Booz'Allen & Hamilton and has conducted extensive research with the University of Southern California's Leadership Institute and RAND Corporation.

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Table of Contents


The Authors.

The New Imperative: Building Effective Leaders Throughout the Company.


Developing the Individual Leader.

How National Australia Bank Develops Leaders.

Socializing Company Vision and Values.

How Federal Express and PepsiCo Socialize Vision and Values.

Strategic Leadership Initiatives.

Ernst Young's Leadership 2000 Strategic Leadership Initiative.


Action Learning: The New Paradigm for Leadership Development.

What Matters: Competencies for the New Century.



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