Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

by Dean Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 1576753433

ISBN-13: 9781576753439

Pub. Date: 10/10/2005

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

In "Real Leadership, Dean Williams argues that any leadership that lets people sidestep the sometimes harsh truth of reality is irresponsible — and ultimately ineffective. He then offers a new paradigm that redefines the proper function and purpose of leadership: responsible leadership. This approach, he says, gets people to face difficult realities,

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In "Real Leadership, Dean Williams argues that any leadership that lets people sidestep the sometimes harsh truth of reality is irresponsible — and ultimately ineffective. He then offers a new paradigm that redefines the proper function and purpose of leadership: responsible leadership. This approach, he says, gets people to face difficult realities, and mobilizes them to address their organization's most pressing challenge — the primary threat or opportunity that must be confronted in order to progress. Responsible leaders help people shift their values, habits, practices, and priorities to accommodate changing conditions and new demands. Williams contends that leaders must have a passion for insight and an unrelenting commitment to discovery — discovery about the context and specific features of the challenges people face, and discovery about how their power affects the group in their problem-solving ventures. Case studies and real-life examples, some drawn from the author's personal experiences, illustrate responsible leadership at work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576753439
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Edition description:
Annotated
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
915,064
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.06(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionix
Part 1Real Leadership: The Engine of Progress1
1Odin, Enron, and the Apes: Distinguishing Real Leadership from Counterfeit Leadership3
2Diagnostic Work: Determining the Principal Challenge31
Part 2The Six Challenges of Real Leadership57
3The Activist Challenge: Calling Attention to a Contradiction in Values59
4The Development Challenge: Cultivating the Latent Capabilities Needed to Progress89
5The Transition Challenge: Moving from One System of Values to Another115
6The Maintenance Challenge: Protecting and Sustaining What Is Essential during Hard Times141
7The Creative Challenge: Doing What Has Never Been Done Before163
8The Crisis Challenge: Leading in a Period of Extreme Danger189
Part 3Real Leadership in Action215
9Leading in Multiple Challenges: The Case of T. E. Lawrence217
10Odin, the Samurai, and You: Taking Responsibility for Yourself as an Instrument of Power243
Notes269
Index281
About the Author291

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