Unleashing Leaders: Developing Organizations for Leaders

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The current environment and management in organizations is not conducive to leadership development. Most large organizations in the world try to develop leaders through training, be it in-house programmes or external courses.
In this new book, Hilarie Owen shows us that the sort of training available is not necessarily working. Leadership is a personal journey as demonstrated in the 'prequel' to this book In Search of Leaders, and training courses alone are limited in their ...

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Overview

The current environment and management in organizations is not conducive to leadership development. Most large organizations in the world try to develop leaders through training, be it in-house programmes or external courses.
In this new book, Hilarie Owen shows us that the sort of training available is not necessarily working. Leadership is a personal journey as demonstrated in the 'prequel' to this book In Search of Leaders, and training courses alone are limited in their effectiveness, especially when individuals have to return to organizations where the structure, culture and rigid processes do not allow them to 'be leaders'.
This book offers a way forward where organizations will be able to transform themselves to become places where the potential of existing leaders and 'would-be' leaders can be expressed.
Hilarie Owen outlines a holistic model, containing seven interconnecting actions that will help organizations transform to be adaptable to leaders.
The outcome, if an organization follows this model, is a unique 'web structure' as opposed to the traditional hierarchies or organizations. The web structure in an organization promotes productivity and the release of an individual's potential.
In a climate where staff retention and motivation is a problem, managers stand to learn some important lessons from this book.
"Leadership is the right of those at the top of the organization - but we are all at the top of something in our life. We all have the potential to postively effect things, but such leadership requires personal courage. Unleashing Leaders will be compelling reading for you, if you have that courage." Anthony J Stables, Air Vice Marshall

In a fascinating historical overview, Owen traces the evolution of leadership, from the ancient Egyptians to the modern business organization. She assesses current organizational structure and practices in terms of how conducive they are (or, more often, aren't) to leadership development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471496137
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/26/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

HILARIE OWEN'S career began in the field of marketing with IBM and another blue chip company. She spent a year with the Government's Department of Trade and Industry launching The Enterprise Initiative. Broadening her career to management consultancy, she eventually took the plunge to set up her own consultancy at the beginning of 1991 working with organizations in the private and public sectors.

Following the success of her book Creating Top Flight Teams, she has worked worldwide developing first class teams. Hilaries has spoken at conferences around the world, lectured at Cranfield Business School and advised the Department of Education and Employment.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Are We Ready for Unleashing Leaders?

How We Develop Leaders Today: Are We Doing it Right?

The Problems of Organizational Life Today: Transformation and Leadership are the Challenges for Everyone.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What We are Seeing in Organizations Today is Not Leadership.

The Time Traveller: The Lessons for Organizations from Ancient Times.

Shaping Modern Organizations: Why Do We Build Hierarchical Structures Ruled by Managers?

The Paradigm for Change: A Universal Framework for Leaders in the Twenty-First Century.

Building a New Model for Organizations: To Unleash Leaders We Make the Old Model Obsolete.

Unleashing Leaders: Transforming Individuals and Organizations Together.

Conclusion: From Homo Sapiens to Homo Proteus (Shape Changer Being).

References.

Index.

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