Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership / Edition 1by Harlan Cleveland
Harlan Cleveland, one of the world's top thinkers about leadership, developed his way of thinking as a successful executive leaderin government under four presidents, in three universities, and in private enterprise. In this book, drawn from writings around the edges of a leader's life during half a century, he distills his insights and wisdom on the future… See more details below
Harlan Cleveland, one of the world's top thinkers about leadership, developed his way of thinking as a successful executive leaderin government under four presidents, in three universities, and in private enterprise. In this book, drawn from writings around the edges of a leader's life during half a century, he distills his insights and wisdom on the future of leadership-"the get-it-all-together profession."
The fourteen essays in this collection have an underlying theme: with everything getting more complicated, nobody can possibly know enough to be in general charge of anything really interesting or important. Cleveland argues that this means everybody has a chance to be partly in charge; but since most people won't reach for the brass ring, those who do will be leaders, mostly self-selected.
Nobody in Charge suggests how and why the worldwide spread of knowledge, speeded and enhanced by information technology, is fundamentally changing what it takes to bring people together to make something different happen-in business and government and education and in international affairs. Sprinkled with stories from his own experience and observation, Cleveland describes the attitudes, qualities, and learnings that will work best for people who point the way, create networks, build organizations, and inspire others to act. He also examines the ethics of public leadership and the education of citizens-in societies where a rapidly growing proportion of citizens will opt for leadership.
Table of ContentsForeword: The Man on the Flying Trapeze (Warren Bennis).
How I Got Here.
Part One: The Macrotransition We Are In.
1. The Get-It-All-Together Profession.
2. Coming Soon: The Nobody-in-Charge Society.
3. The Spread of Knowledge.
4. The Age of People-Power.
5. Dinosaurs and Personal Freedom.
6. "Safe for Diversity".
7. The Social Fallout of Science.
8. Intuition and Chaos in the Real World.
Part Two: On Being a Leader.
9. The Leader as Futurist.
10. The Dean's Dilemma: Leadership of Equals.
11. A Style for Complexity.
12. "The Very Definition of Integrity".
13. The Situation-as-a-Whole Person.
14. Education for Citizen Leadership.
Afterword: Aphorisms from Experience.
Afterword: The Whole Chessboard.
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