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Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

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Overview

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: 408,016
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part 1 Real Leadership: The Engine of Progress 1
1 Odin, Enron, and the Apes: Distinguishing Real Leadership from Counterfeit Leadership 3
2 Diagnostic Work: Determining the Principal Challenge 31
Part 2 The Six Challenges of Real Leadership 57
3 The Activist Challenge: Calling Attention to a Contradiction in Values 59
4 The Development Challenge: Cultivating the Latent Capabilities Needed to Progress 89
5 The Transition Challenge: Moving from One System of Values to Another 115
6 The Maintenance Challenge: Protecting and Sustaining What Is Essential during Hard Times 141
7 The Creative Challenge: Doing What Has Never Been Done Before 163
8 The Crisis Challenge: Leading in a Period of Extreme Danger 189
Part 3 Real Leadership in Action 215
9 Leading in Multiple Challenges: The Case of T. E. Lawrence 217
10 Odin, the Samurai, and You: Taking Responsibility for Yourself as an Instrument of Power 243
Notes 269
Index 281
About the Author 291
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