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

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Companies everywhere are searching for ways to turn effectivemanagers into dynamic leaders. In this book, Jay Conger, named oneof the Top Ten Influential Figures in the World of Business, cullsthe wide variety of methods being developed by top corporationsaround the globe. Through insightful analysis and extensive casestudies, he and co-author Beth Benjamin provide the proventechniques, and common pitfalls to avoid, for building leadershiptalent at all levels.Based on research conducted at more than adozen organizations—including Ernst & Young, PepsiCo,Federal Express, the U.S. Army, and the National AustralianBank—the authors identify three principal approaches toleadership education: individual skill development, instillingorganizational values that promote leadership, and strategicinterventions. In separate chapters, they examine the strengths andshortcomings of each of these approaches and outline their mostimportant elements, from organizational needs assessments toeffective workshops and instruction to 360-degree feedbackmechanisms. Individual case studies illustrate best practices in anarray of business sectors and give readers an inside look at howworld-class leadership development programs are created, organized,and conducted so they can benchmark their own efforts. A specialchapter studies the popular educational technique of actionlearning and its potential as a new paradigm for training theleaders of the twenty-first century. How will technology, newleadership requirements, and the flatter, wired organization affecttrAnds in the upcoming millennium? The final chapter profiles thefuture of leadership in corporate America and offers insights tohelp organizations anticipate and train for the characteristicsthat will be demanded in the next generation of corporate leaders.

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 singlebest source I know for original ideas on how to develop and retainexemplary leaders."—Warren Bennis, professor, Marshall School ofBusiness, University of Southern California, and co-author ofCo-Leaders

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

"Jay Conger and Beth Benjamin bring clarity and insight to thevast, almost boundless, domain of leadership development. BuildingLeaders helps you both to assess the impact of current approachesand to powerfully build a strategy that will develop leadershiptalent 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 SouthernCalifornia's Leadership Institute and the author of Learning toLead. Named Business Week's Best Professor to Teach Leadership toExecutives, he has served on the faculties of the Harvard BusinessSchool, McGill University, and INSEAD, and is an internationallyrecognized leadership expert. BETH BENJAMIN,Ph.D., is a leadershipconsultant for Booz'Allen & Hamilton and has conductedextensive research with the University of Southern California'sLeadership Institute and RAND Corporation.

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Table of Contents


The Authors.

The New Imperative: Building Effective Leaders Throughout theCompany.


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 LeadershipInitiative.


Action Learning: The New Paradigm for Leadership Development.

What Matters: Competencies for the New Century.



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