The Shadow Side of Power: Lessons for Leaders

The Shadow Side of Power: Lessons for Leaders

by Patricia A. McLagan
     
 

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In this thought-provoking and imaginative allegory, join a fictional hero for an all-too-real journey through the shadow side of leadership and its many challenges. Our hero faces the distortions and personal dilemmas that accompany his leadership role, seeing five ways that leaders fail and two ways they abuse their power. In the process, he learns seven lessons that

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In this thought-provoking and imaginative allegory, join a fictional hero for an all-too-real journey through the shadow side of leadership and its many challenges. Our hero faces the distortions and personal dilemmas that accompany his leadership role, seeing five ways that leaders fail and two ways they abuse their power. In the process, he learns seven lessons that will make him a great and principled leader for these very challenging times.

The world is evolving and the values and capabilities of leaders must keep pace with and even help shape that evolution. While the virtues of good leaders may be similar through the ages, the consequences of abuse and misuse are amplified in our highly networked, complex, and uncertain times. What does it mean to be a leader with formal power today? The age of command-and-control authoritarianism is fast slipping away, but our need for competent, courageous, and principled leadership is, if anything, even more critical.

Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and Executive Fellow of Leadership at the Leavey School of Leadership, Santa Clara University, asserts, "The Shadow Side of Power is just plain great storytelling-the kind that draws you in, stirs your passions, sustains your interest, teaches meaningful lessons, and leaves you both gratified and wanting more.... Before you embark on your next leadership adventure, take a guided tour through the allegorical world of the Leadership Inferno. You'll be better prepared for your other challenges once you have."

This book is for you if you:
* Are or want to be in a formal leadership role - whether of a small team or a large organization or nation.
* Want to be a good - even a great -- leader who is respected by those you lead: leveraging for impact, learning, and leaving a legacy.
* Are willing to face into the shadow side of power - the temptations and misperceptions that inevitably attach to authority roles and that may expose both your strengths and your least desirable qualities.
* Are a coach or educator who develops people for formal leadership roles

As a reader, you will be energized to meet the challenges of leadership as a choice and a responsibility-more than simply a title or an opportunity to make more money.

For four decades, Pat McLagan has worked with business and government sectors to develop leaders and to transform leadership systems. In The Shadow Side of Power, Pat draws on in-depth experience as well as ongoing research into institutional, leadership, and personal transformation and effectiveness. She knows firsthand the immense energy and promise that come along with formal power, for she has seen leaders face, struggle with, succumb to, be corrupted by, and grow from the dilemmas and opportunities of their roles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989220309
Publisher:
Changing World Press
Publication date:
08/08/2013
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

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Meet the Author

For over four decades, Pat McLagan has been a thought leader and partner for change with business and government organizations in the US and globally. She worked extensively with NASA executives during the transition years between the moonwalks and space shuttle; GE during its major shift from conventional to electronic technology in the 70's and 80's; and AT&T and other telecoms during their renaissance in the 80's and 90's. More recently, she helped guide major leadership development and change programs in technology companies, financial services institutions, utilities, government agencies (including work with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Governor of the State of Georgia. She has worked with organizations on 6 continents, including extensive work on large-scale change projects in South Africa since the mid-80's.

Her work has always focused on developing leaders and creating processes to guide the effective use of power by people in authority and by everyone at work (The Shadow Side of Power: Lessons for Leaders, The Age of Participation: New Governance for the Workplace and the World, Change Is Everybody's Business). She foresaw the shift to a more networked and participative world of work, designing processes and ways of thinking that help people work effectively across levels, organization silos, and value networks. She draws on deep, in-the-trenches experience and on the world's research, and is respected in the academic and the business world.

She is the 15th person and 2nd woman inducted into the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame, a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, one of the 100 distinguished University of Minnesota Human Development graduates of the 20th Century, and has received many leadership awards, including the highest award of the American Society for Training and Development and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association. She is on the editorial board of several research-to-practice journals, including Advances in Human Resource Development Journal and T+D Magazine.

McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. Contact her at www.patmclagan.com.

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