The Powers to Lead

The Powers to Lead

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by Joseph S. Nye
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195335627

ISBN-13: 9780195335620

Pub. Date: 03/03/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What qualities make a leader succeed in business or politics? In an era when the information revolution has dramatically changed the playing field, when old organizational hierarchies have given way to fluid networks of contacts, and when mistrust of leaders is on the rise, our ideas about leadership are clearly due for redefinition.

With The Powers to Lead,

Overview

What qualities make a leader succeed in business or politics? In an era when the information revolution has dramatically changed the playing field, when old organizational hierarchies have given way to fluid networks of contacts, and when mistrust of leaders is on the rise, our ideas about leadership are clearly due for redefinition.

With The Powers to Lead, Joseph S. Nye offers a sweeping look at the nature of leadership in today's world, in an illuminating blend of history, business case studies, psychological research, and more. As he observes, many now believe that the more authoritarian and coercive forms of leadership—the hard power approaches of earlier military-industrial eras—have been largely supplanted in postindustrial societies by soft power approaches that seek to attract, inspire, and persuade rather than dictate. Nye argues, however, that the most effective leaders are actually those who combine hard and soft power skills in proportions that vary with different situations. He calls this smart power. Drawing examples from the careers of leaders as disparate as Gandhi, Churchill, Lee Iacocca, and George W. Bush, Nye uses the concept of smart power to shed light on such topics as leadership types and skills, the needs and demands of followers, and the nature of good and bad leadership in terms of both ethics and effectiveness. In one particularly instructive chapter, he looks in depth at contextual intelligence—the ability to understand changing environments, capitalize on trends, and use the flow of events to implement strategies.

Thoroughly grounded in the real world, rich in both analysis and anecdote, The Powers to Lead is sure to become a modern classic, a concise and lucid work applicable to every field, from small businesses and nonprofit organizations to nations on the world stage. This paperback edition includes a new preface by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195335620
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Leadership
2. Leadership and Power
3. Types and Skills
4. Contextual Intelligence
5. Good and Bad Leaders
Leadership: A Dozen Quick Take-Aways
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Preface
1. Leadership
2. Leadership and Power
3. Types and Skills
4. Contextual Intelligence
5. Good and Bad Leaders
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Author, statesman, university dean and agency director Joseph S. Nye Jr. has led - and has closely observed leadership - from the highest levels. His earlier writings forged the theory of "soft power" to denote persuasive leadership. In this book, Nye traces leadership lessons from Sun-Tzu to George W. Bush, citing historical events and their impact over the span of centuries. He defines which qualities mark successful and failed leaders. Nye's writing style is dense, and almost every sentence is a thesis. You may find yourself holding a page open with a fingertip as you gaze up from the book, digesting all that Nye conveys and applying his illustrative lessons to whatever dilemmas you might face as a leader or a follower. And to Nye - as he makes clear - everyone is usually both. getAbstract recommends Nye's compelling insights to CEOs, executives and managers who want to become more effective leaders, to anyone who aspires to lead, and to everyone who needs to learn the art of following.
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