Leadership - Magic, Myth, or Method?

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"The need for leaders in nearly every walk of life has indeed become critical," state the authors of Leadership--Magic, Myth, or Method? "The relative scarcity of leadership nearly everywhere is cause for concern on the part of political, business, and other organized groups around the world." You probably agree with this statement. But are you willing to make decisions that affect other people? To be a leader? It is a huge responsibility. And even if you do have the inclination to lead others, you probably weren't born with any of the ...
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"The need for leaders in nearly every walk of life has indeed become critical," state the authors of Leadership--Magic, Myth, or Method? "The relative scarcity of leadership nearly everywhere is cause for concern on the part of political, business, and other organized groups around the world." You probably agree with this statement. But are you willing to make decisions that affect other people? To be a leader? It is a huge responsibility. And even if you do have the inclination to lead others, you probably weren't born with any of the charismatic characteristics that all great leaders seem to have. So why bother? According to authors J. W. McLean and William Weitzel, the answer is simple. Your contribution is needed. And you can obtain the specific knowledge and skills you need--and that all leaders share. Leadership--Magic, Myth, or Method? lays out the requirements for leaders today and provides a platform to help you develop your own "leadership paradigm." You'll learn how to build rapport, enhance credibility, and be persuasive. You'll also come away with a new personal definition of leadership based on reality, not myth. The authors challenge the twelve most basic assumptions about leading others and the most common reasons for playing it safe as a follower, such as: leadership is just too complicated for me; leaders must know everyone else's job, as well as their own; leading is more stressful than following; leadership means being consistent. The book also provides a selective overview of pacesetting leadership studies, from the wisdom of Socrates and Plato to the contemporary models that form the base of successful leadership training today. You'll cover the principles of leadership (self-knowledge, management, motivation, planning, and building relationships) and learn how to apply them in your relationships with others. You'll also learn the six key skills that every leader must possess, from communicating to problem solving. Leadership--Magic, Myth,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814450543
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 4/12/1992
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Understanding the Leadership Mystique: The Myths 1
Myth 1 Charisma Is a Necessary Leadership Quality 5
Myth 2 Leaders Can Never Be Wrong 7
Myth 3 Leadership Means Being Consistent 9
Myth 4 Leaders Should Always know the Goal in Advance 11
Myth 5 It Is Usually More Stressful to Lead Than to Follow 13
Myth 6 The Leader Must Be Able to Perform the Jobs of the Followers 14
Myth 7 A Leader in One Environment Should Lead in Others 16
Myth 8 Leadership Is an Opportunity Only for Those Who Have Strong Support From the "Higher-Ups" 18
Myth 9 Followers Resent Being Manipulated 20
Myth 10 Leadership Is Often Incidental Because the Success or Failure of Most Group Efforts Is Determined by Outside Events 22
Myth 11 Leaders Are an Endangered Spedes 24
Myth 12 Leadership Is Just Too Complicated for Me 25
Pt. 2 A Glimpse of Some Cardinal Leadership Studies 31
Study 1 Socratic Philosophy 33
Study 2 Murray/Maslow/Alderfer/McClelland 35
Study 3 Austrian School of Economics 42
Study 4 The Ohio State Studies 45
Study 5 Contemporary Models 51
Study 6 Philosophy of Choice 56
Pt. 3 Six Leadership Principles 63
Principle 1 Leadership Begins With Greater Self-knowledge 65
Principle 2 Leadership Is Not Simply Good Management 78
Principle 3 Leadership Must Be Earned 89
Principle 4 Motivation Begins With the "G" Word--Goal--and Ends With the "P" Word--Participation 93
Principle 5 Planning Is Not All There Is 106
Principle 6 Building Relationships Is a Leadership Imperative 116
Pt. 4 The Six Leadership Skills 129
Skill 1 Situational Discretion 131
Skill 2 Communications 138
Skill 3 Motivation--Try "Inward Marketing" 151
Skill 4 Assessment of Risk and Related Fears 159
Skill 5 Unexpected Problem Solving-The MPM Revisited 166
Skill 6 Relationship Renewal 172
Pt. 5 Application of Leadership Skills 179
Application Method 1 Recognition of Individual Potential 181
Application Method 2 The First Action Step Is Willingness 189
Application Method 3 Use the Four Dynamics of Leadership 197
Application Method 4 Taking Stock of Personal Considerations 203
Application Method 5 Applying the "Productivity Grid" to Assess Followers' Potential 212
Application Method 6 Generating Autotelism Through Ignition, Assimilation, and Empowerment 218
Pt. 6 Leadership Priorities 225
Bibliography 241
Index 245
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