The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders / Edition 2

The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders / Edition 2

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by John Zenger, Joseph Folkman, John H. Zenger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0071628088

ISBN-13: 9780071628082

Pub. Date: 05/07/2009

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

People can learn how to lead. This was the position John H. Zenger and Joseph R.
Folkman took when they wrote their now-classic leadership book The Extraordinary Leader—and it’s a fact they reinforce in this new, completely updated edition of their bestseller.

When it was first published, The Extraordinary
Leader
immediately

Overview

People can learn how to lead. This was the position John H. Zenger and Joseph R.
Folkman took when they wrote their now-classic leadership book The Extraordinary Leader—and it’s a fact they reinforce in this new, completely updated edition of their bestseller.

When it was first published, The Extraordinary
Leader
immediately attracted a wide audience of aspiring leaders drawn to its unique feature: the extensive use of scientific studies and hard data,
which served to demystify the concept of leadership and get readers thinking about the subject in a pragmatic way.

Now, Zenger and Folkman revisit the subject to address leaders’ most pressing concerns today. The result is an up-to-date, essential leadership guide for the twenty-first century that includes:

  • Late-breaking research on the psychology of leadership
  • New information on leading in a global environment
  • A breakthrough case study on measuring improved leadership behavior
  • Studies revealing the importance of follow-through

The Extraordinary Leader is a remarkable combination of expert insight and extensive research.
The authors analyzed more than 200,000 assessments describing 20,000 managers—by far the most expansive research ever conducted for a leadership book.

Zenger and Folkman have created the leadership book of the ages. The Extraordinary Leader explains how to build leadership skills that will take you and your organization to unimagined success.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071628082
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Edition description:
List
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
154,058
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1.Demystifying Leadership

2.Great Leaders Make a Great Difference

3.Simplifying Leadership

4.The Competency Quest

5.Leaders Must Fit Their Organization

6.Great Leaders Possess Multiple Strengths

7.Fatal Flaws Must Be Fixed

8.New Insights into Leadership Development

9.A Case Study in Leadership Development—The U.S. Marine Corps

10. What Individuals Do to Become Great Leaders

11. The Organization’s Role in Developing Leaders

Appendix: Research Methodology

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I gained several new and useful insights from this book. I especially enjoyed the fact that the information, conclusions and recommendations for leadership development are data-based. Too many books on leadership are opinion driven or based on anecdotal information. Two insights I plan to use immediately in my work with leaders are 1) Focus on a leaders strengths, not their weaknesses; and 2) Use of 'Competency Companions' to assist leaders in selecting what to work on as a result of 360 degree feedback they receive. Zenger and Folkman make a strong case for wasting time and money in 'fixing' a leader's minor flaws. Their data shows that focus on improving one or two strengths will drive upward all of a leader's competencies. The 'competency companions' concept documented by Zenger and Folkman is a new and innovative process for the devlopment of leaders through the use of 360 feedback. Instead of focusing directly on the specific competency a leader chooses to improve, they select one or two competency companions linked to that specific competency and work on those. This will have the effect of improving the original competency. In my experience it does work. I plan to use the concepts, tools and processes described in this newest volume on leadership development.