Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness, A Philosophy for Leaders / Edition 2

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"Koestenbaum and his philosophical approach have never seemed more relevant."

Fast Company Magazine

In this thoroughly revised edition of his classic book Leadership, legendary business philosophy and thinker Peter Koestenbaum expands on his leadership theories and invites managers to break out of the ordinary managerial mind-set. He reveals how striving for greatness enables managers to focus their efforts and grasp new ideas and insights by bringing intensity and meaning to their work— thereby improving their ability to achieve bottom-line results. Throughout the book, Koestenbaum demonstrates that when leaders live out their deepest and most personal commitment to excellence, they bring out what is great in others as well. Using his new intervention tools and practical techniques, readers will learn to develop long-term vision and marshal the courage to take risks and act with sustained initiative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787959562
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/23/2002
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #174
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Koestenbaum is the founder and chairman of Philosophy-in-Business and the Koestenbaum Institute. He has consulted on leadership, management, marketing, and strategy implementation in nearly forty countries. He is the author of Freedom and Accountability at Work and The Philosophic Consultant, both from Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Author
Introduction - The Oath of Inner Greatness: Nine Keys to Business Wisdom 1
Pt. 1 The Model: What Is Inner Greatness?
1 Foundations of Leadership 17
2 The Leadership Diamond: Four Strategies for Greatness 41
3 Vision: Thinking Big and New 62
4 Reality: Heaving No Illusions 91
5 Ethics: Providing Service 112
6 Courage: Acting with Sustained Initiative 136
Pt. 2 The Context: The Search for Greatness
7 Confronting the Challenges 169
8 Developing the Mind 185
9 Implementing the Leadership Diamond 206
Pt. 3 The Real World: Leadership Strategies in Action
10 Building Individual Skills 233
11 Expanding Organizational Skills 255
12 Diamond Relevance to Current Crises 287
A Leadership Resource: Tips for Achieving and Sustaining Inner Greatness 327
References 357
Index 361
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Harnessing Vision, Reality, Ethics, and Courage to Build a Great Leadership Mind

    Peter Koestenbaum correctly adopts a holistic, philosophical approach to leadership that has a better chance to resist the grinding effect of time than an approach built on the last ephemeral buzzword. Leadership means greatness in all one does. Koestenbaum stresses that leadership is not limited to the work sphere. Koestenbaum identifies the six areas of leadership that he calls work, family, self, social responsibility, ecological responsibility, and financial strength. Koestenbaum links his leadership model in part to philosophy because of its depth, perennial strength. Koestenbaum does not believe in born leaders. Leadership is rooted in one's free will, which underpins both responsibility and accountability. Just having money or authority does not turn anyone into a true leader. Character strength ultimately separates aspirants from authentic leaders who have a personality strong enough for translating mere words into actions. Koestenbaum builds his leadership model in the form of a diamond whose beating heart is greatness that rests on standards. Four competing styles of thinking shape how the leadership diamond looks like: Vision, reality, ethics, and courage. Vision gives someone a larger view, reality is built on pragmatism, ethics reflects a concern for feelings, courage is rooted in free will. Koestenbaum associates supporting tactics at the professional, social, psychological, and philosophical levels with each of these four styles of thinking. Koestenbaum helps his audience build individual and organizational skills mostly through good examples. To summarize, Koestenbaum gives his readers building blocks that they can assemble like a Lego. Anyone looking for the proverbial silver bullet will be disappointed. Leadership is shrouded into ambiguity, polarity, and uncertainty. Greatness in leadership is a lifelong endeavor which is open to anyone who has the character strength it takes to make a real difference.

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