Leader's Window: Mastering the Four Styles of Leadership to Build High-Performing Teams

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General William Tecumseh Sherman is reported to have said that he'd always found being a leader easy - the hard part, he said, was getting people to follow. For today's managers this witticism speaks volumes. Amidst the sound and fury of our constantly changing, always uncertain business world, the keys to success are leadership and teamwork. As with great generals, the great managers are those who can instill their staffs with a sense of mission and motivate them to do what it takes to realize their common goal....
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Overview

General William Tecumseh Sherman is reported to have said that he'd always found being a leader easy - the hard part, he said, was getting people to follow. For today's managers this witticism speaks volumes. Amidst the sound and fury of our constantly changing, always uncertain business world, the keys to success are leadership and teamwork. As with great generals, the great managers are those who can instill their staffs with a sense of mission and motivate them to do what it takes to realize their common goal. This very practical guide arms managers with a set of proven tools and techniques for developing and leading highly motivated, highly efficient teams. But it also gives them something much more valuable - "The Leader's Window." Growing out of the authors' experience training thousands of managers through their Charter Oak Consulting Group, The Leader's Window is a revolutionary new paradigm for high-performing leadership. The key to unlocking the formidable power of The Leader's Window is the L4 System, a set of strategies for assessing your own leadership style and developing the skills you need to become a more effective leader. With the help of dozens of real-life case studies and profiles of a number of great political and business leaders, John Beck and Neil Yeager zero-in on the four archetypal leadership styles: director, problem solver, developer, and delegator. They analyze each for its relative merits in various work situations. And most importantly, they show you how to master all four styles and to deploy them according to the changing needs of your team and the individuals in it, as well as the ever-changing demands of the marketplace. "Battle tested" and refined in over ten years of use at a number of top Fortune 500 companies, the leadership strategies and techniques you'll find in this book are certain to help you maximize the full potential of every player on your team. With The Leader's Window in your corner, you'll more than survive

Leadership and teamwork are two key characteristics of today's successful organizations. This book gives managers practical tools to enable them to work effectively with people and transform them into high performing teams. Beck and Yeager are veteran business consultants and trainers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891061601
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 597,543
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN D. W. BECK, Ed.D., is one of the founders of the Charter Oak Consulting Group, a firm specializing in strengthening organizational performance by developing effective leaders, building high-performing teams and aligning organizations in pursuit of a shared vision. Recent clients include British Petroleum, Carrier, and Digital Equipment. NEIL M. YEAGER, Ed.D., has fifteen years of professional experience as an organizational development consultant. Clients include Coopers & Lybrand and McKinsey & Co. Formerly based at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where his adult Career Transitions Program won a national award for innovation, he is currently a consultant with the Charter Oak Consulting Group.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the World of Leadership 1
1 Windows on the World of Leadership 7
2 The 4 Windows of Leadership 23
3 Window 1: The Leader as Director 41
4 Window 2: The Leader as Problem Solver 55
5 Window 3: The Leader as Developer 73
6 Window 4: The Leader as Delegator 89
7 Your Personal Window of Leadership 101
8 Through the Working Glass: Viewing Followers through Their Window of Potential 119
9 Window Wisdom: The Name of the Game Is Leadership by Anticipation 141
10 Creating Windows of Opportunity with Your People 159
11 Making Teams Work: An Underused Window of Opportunity 183
12 The Secrets of the Leader's Window 207
Epilogue 233
Index 239
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