Leading with Values: Positivity, Virtue, and High Performance / Edition 1

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Values-based leadership is based upon honesty, respect, trust and dignity, and it regards every employee within a company as a valued human being. This book describes the characteristics of leaders who focus on positivity and virtues to create and sustain highly successful organizations such as Synovus Financial Corporation, HomeBanc Mortgage Company, and the United States Marine Corps. It also addresses leader mistakes and forgiveness, and how difficulties and challenges can be overcome to achieve spectacular results. This inspiring book offers practical advice that can be applied to individual leadership styles and roles. As society tries to rebound from the recent scandals involving fraud, financial improprieties, and unethical behavior among its leadership, the fundamental message of Leading with Values is clear: acting ethically and virtuously, and treating all stakeholders with respect and dignity, can create extraordinary outcomes without sacrificing performance and profits.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Great leaders inspire people to be their best. They help us to see the meaning in our work and how we are contributing to a better world. Hess & Cameron have collected fantastic examples, showing that positive values drive results and that being good is good for business. Read it. You'll remember why you were first excited with your work - and maybe find a way to recapture that enthusiasm."
-Professor Richard E. Boyatzis, Departments of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

"This book brings together the best of positive organizational studies and values-based leadership scholarship, providing readers with a nice blend of principle and practice, of what is and what can be, of leaders and organizations doing well and doing good."
-Professor David A. Whetten, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University

"This collection describes the characteristics of leaders who focus on positivity to create and sustain highly successful organizations. It also addresses leadership mistakes and employee forgiveness, and how difficulties and challenges can be overcome to achieve spectacular results."
-Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521686037
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 934,094
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward D. Hess is Adjunct Professor of Organization and Management, Executive Director of the Values-Based Leadership Institute, and Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University.

Kim S. Cameron is Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Michigan Business School and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Figures; Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Synovus Financial Corporation: 'Just take care of your people' Robert Drazin, Edward D. Hess and Farah Mihoubi; 2. FedEx Freight: putting people first Gary W. Bouch; 3. The role of values in high risk organizations Karl E. Weick; 4. Spirituality and leadership in the Marine Corps Dan Yaroslaski and Paolo Tripodi; 5. HomeBanc Mortgage Company: 'Quest to become America's most admired company' Edward D. Hess; 6. Leadership lessons from Sarah: values-based leadership for everyday practice Monica Worline and Sarah Boik; 7. Leadership values that enable extraordinary success Kim S. Cameron; 8. Principled leadership: a framework for action MaryAnn Glynn and Heather Jamerson; 9. Forgiveness as an attribute of leadership David S. Bright; 10. Values and leadership in organizational crisis Edward H. Powley and Scott N. Taylor; 11. Making 'more Mike Stranks': teaching values in the United States Marine Corps Michael B. Parkyn; Index.

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