Heroic Leadership: Leading with Integrity and Honor

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Peter F. Drucker, the "father of modern management," promotedthe concept of Heroic Leadership throughout his long career,saying, "The Army trains and develops more leaders than do allother institutions together—and with a lower casualty rate."In Heroic Leadership, leadership expert and retired general WilliamCohen, a former student and personal friend of Drucker, revealswhat Heroic Leadership entails—leading a group with absoluteintegrity while raising individual performance to a personal best,and building a team...

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Overview

Peter F. Drucker, the "father of modern management," promotedthe concept of Heroic Leadership throughout his long career,saying, "The Army trains and develops more leaders than do allother institutions together—and with a lower casualty rate."In Heroic Leadership, leadership expert and retired general WilliamCohen, a former student and personal friend of Drucker, revealswhat Heroic Leadership entails—leading a group with absoluteintegrity while raising individual performance to a personal best,and building a team spirit of sacrifice for the common good. Itrequires tough standards, but as Cohen shows you, achieving thosestandards is not impossible.

Heroic Leadership examines military leadership principles asthey apply to business and life, and draws on Cohen's research withmore than two hundred leaders from the military, who after leavingthe military went on to very successful careers in civilian life.In this book, Cohen maps out the eight universal laws ofleadership, and explains why Heroic Leadership has worked sosuccessfully and ethically for thousands of years despite severeconditions of risk, uncertainty, and hardship. He also shows how toimplement Heroic Leadership to attract fellowship; use influencetactics; develop self-confidence; build, coach, and motivate ateam; take charge in crisis situations; and take action.

Throughout the book you will find:

  • Real-world examples from business as well as battle, chosen togive you the knowledge and confidence to lead in any situation youmay confront
  • Proven strategies and results-oriented techniques to apply theprinciples of Heroic Leadership and multiply the productivity ofany group or organization
  • New ideas for motivating people and helping them achieve newheights of personal and group performance
  • Little-known but highly effective methods for building teamworkand esprit de corps
  • Methods for developing yourself as a leader and reaching yourfull potential

Based on Cohen's early best-selling books on leadership, now outof print—The Art of the Leader, The Stuff of Heroes, and TheNew Art of the Leader—Heroic Leadership is a timeless guide onwhat it takes to be an authentic, high-performing leader. This bookwill challenge you to apply the principles of Heroic Leadership,and in turn enable your organization to dare the impossible andachieve the extraordinary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470405017
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Cohen, Ph.D., is president of the Institute of Leader Arts and the first graduate of Peter Drucker's executive Ph.D. program. About him Drucker wrote: "My colleagues on the faculty and I learned at least as much as we could teach him." Cohen served as major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has held executive positions in several companies, and was president of two universities. He is the author of many management books, including The Art of the Leader, A Class With Drucker, and Drucker on Leadership. For more information, please visit: www.stuffofheroes.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Concept of Heroic Leadership.

Part One: The Eight Universal Laws of HeroicLeadership.

1 Maintain Absolute Integrity.

2 Know Your Stuff.

3 Declare Your Expectations.

4 Show Uncommon Commitment.

5 Expect Positive Results.

6 Take Care of Your People.

7 Put Duty Before Self.

8 Get Out in Front.

Part Two: The Eight Basic Influence Tools.

9 Direction.

10 Indirection.

11 Redirection.

12 Deflection.

13 Enlistment.

14 Persuasion.

15 Negotiation.

16 Involvement.

Part Three: The Eight Competencies of HeroicLeadership.

17 How to Attract Followership.

18 How to Develop Your Self-Confidence.

19 How to Build a Heroic Team.

20 How to Build High Morale and Esprit de Corps.

21 How to Motivate When Times Get Tough.

22 How to Take Charge in Crisis Situations.

23 How to Develop Your Charisma.

24 How to Solve Problems and Make Decisions.

Epilogue.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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