From Manager To Visionary

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This study examines how the UN Secretary-General's leadership qualities affect how they address threats to peace and security. The personal traits of all seven Secretaries-General are measured and categorized into one of three leadership styles: managerial, strategic, and visionary. A framework of the influential activities available to the office is linked to each leadership style to establish and explore a series of behavioral expectations.

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Overview

This study examines how the UN Secretary-General's leadership qualities affect how they address threats to peace and security. The personal traits of all seven Secretaries-General are measured and categorized into one of three leadership styles: managerial, strategic, and visionary. A framework of the influential activities available to the office is linked to each leadership style to establish and explore a series of behavioral expectations.

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"From Manager to Visionary provides a first-rate analysis of leadership at the United Nations. Using a novel assessment approach, Kent Kille conducts a content analysis of all U.N. Secretaries-General, coupled with comprehensive and comparative case studies of Dag Hammarskjold, Kurt Waldheim, and Koffi Annan to make a compelling case for understanding a leader's personal characteristics in shaping how the United Nations promotes peace and security. This book is a must read for all students and scholars of the United Nations."
—Ryan C. Hendrickson is Associate Professor of Political Science, Eastern Illinois University, and author of Diplomacy and War at NATO: The Secretary General and Military Action After the Cold War

"From Manager to Visionary provides a truly unique and innovative study of how the individual personalities and styles of UN Secretaries General matter in the real world. Kent Kille's rigorous scholarship, linking carefully measured leader characteristics to specific patterns of behavior across a series of past UN leaders, opens wide a window to anyone interested in obtaining a better view of how the UN really functions, and how the individual styles of secretaries general often shape their subsequent decision making and performances in office."
—Thomas Preston, Associate Professor of Political Science, Washington State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403971043
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent J. Kille is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The College of Wooster.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Secretary-Generalship: The Individual behind the Office
• A Secretary-General's Avenues for Influence
• The Visionary: Dag Hammarskjold

The Manager: Kurt Waldheim
• The Strategist: Kofi Annan
• From Manager to Visionary: Contrasting the Secretaries-General

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    A seminal contribution to the literature

    Kent J. Kille's new work 'From Manager to Visionary: The Secretary-General of the United Nations' fills a critical gap in the existing literature by addressing the impact of each office holder's leadership style apart from the international politics of their day. Though calls for a study of leadership styles appear in the literature, none offer the type of analysis which Kille provides. Kille's quantitative analysis offers a predictive framework within which an office holder is likely to respond to the constraints placed on them by the Charter, member states or events. At the same time, he offers his assessment without making the subject overly academic or inaccessible to the layman. The case studies of Hammarskjöld, Waldheim and Annan show a significant if not perfect match between Kille's predictive framework and Hammarskjöld, Waldheim and Annan's actual behavior while in office. The slight deviations suggest some necessary refinements to the leadership metrics and styles which Kille initially proposed. But Kille's proposed continuum of leadership styles, from manager to visionary, holds true very well. 'From Manager to Visionary' is a new seminal work in the literature and clearly earns Kille a place in the company of Erskine Childers, Sir Brian Urquhardt and Edward Luck as an authority on the Secretaries General. His contribution will influence how other scholars describe the impact of past Secretaries-General and, for many of us today, will a key resource we turn to in interpreting the words and actions of Secretary Ban Ki-moon over the next decade.

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