Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership / Edition 1

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Harlan Cleveland, one of the world's top thinkers about leadership,developed his way of thinking as a successful executive leader—ingovernment under four presidents, in three universities, and inprivate enterprise. In this book, drawn from writings around theedges of a leader's life during half a century, he distills hisinsights and wisdom on the future of leadership-"theget-it-all-together profession."

The fourteen essays in this collection have an underlying theme:with everything getting more complicated, nobody can possibly knowenough to be in general charge of anything really interesting orimportant. Cleveland argues that this means everybody has a chanceto be partly in charge; but since most people won't reach for thebrass ring, those who do will be leaders, mostly self-selected.

Nobody in Charge suggests how and why the worldwidespread of knowledge, speeded and enhanced by informationtechnology, is fundamentally changing what it takes to bring peopletogether to make something different happen-in business andgovernment and education and in international affairs. Sprinkledwith stories from his own experience and observation, Clevelanddescribes the attitudes, qualities, and learnings that will workbest for people who point the way, create networks, buildorganizations, and inspire others to act. He also examines theethics of public leadership and the education of citizens-insocieties where a rapidly growing proportion of citizens will optfor leadership.

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“…uses exceptional experience as the basis for relevant, reflective, insights – by a remarkable man…” (Long Range Planning, Vol. 37, 2004)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787961534
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2002
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series, #7
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Harlan Cleveland has founded and led a variety of institutions and held many leadership positions over a long and illustrious career. After World War II, he managed postwar relief and rehabilitation for the U.N., first in Italy then in China, and was thereafter a top official in the Marshall Plan. He was executive editor, then publisher, of The Reporter magazine in New York, and dean of Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship. President John F. Kennedy appointed him Assistant Secretary of State for U.N. and other international organizations; President Lyndon B. Johnson sent him to Europe as U.S. Ambassador to NATO. He was then, successively, president of the University of Hawaii, director of International Affairs at the Aspen Institute, and founding dean of the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is currently a board member of the American Refugee Committee, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and the World Future Society, and president emeritus of the World Academy of Art and Science.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: 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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