The Versatile Leader: Make the Most of Your Strengths Without Overdoing It / Edition 1

The Versatile Leader: Make the Most of Your Strengths Without Overdoing It / Edition 1

by Bob Kaplan, Rob Kaiser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787979449

ISBN-13: 9780787979447

Pub. Date: 04/14/2006

Publisher: Wiley

While self-help gurus urge leaders to "focus on strengths," a hidden danger lies behind this seductive advice. Ironically, a leader's strengths often prove to be his or her undoing.

We all know the phrase, "strengths become weaknesses." But many leaders don't readily grasp how placing great faith in what they are good at can cause them to go overboard and get

Overview

While self-help gurus urge leaders to "focus on strengths," a hidden danger lies behind this seductive advice. Ironically, a leader's strengths often prove to be his or her undoing.

We all know the phrase, "strengths become weaknesses." But many leaders don't readily grasp how placing great faith in what they are good at can cause them to go overboard and get out of balance. Yet all around us we find lopsided leaders—"strong leaders" who fail to empower their staff, results-oriented leaders who lose sight of the bigger picture. The list goes on, illustrating how a strength taken too far crowds out the complementary skill.

In this groundbreaking new book, Bob Kaplan and Rob Kaiser introduce an innovative approach to identifying and correcting lopsidedness in leaders. Readers will discover how to make optimal use of their strengths and avoid getting trapped in a one-dimensional mindset that results in "too much of a good thing."

Based on twenty years of research and extensive work with senior leaders, The Versatile Leader is packed with illustrative cases and practical applications. It is equally useful for self-improvement and for coaching other managers.

Managers who become versatile will be able to continually adjust their behavior and deftly apply the right approach, to the right degree for the situation. They will boost their personal effectiveness and enhance the organization's vitality and productivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787979447
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/14/2006
Series:
J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series, #165
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface: Oversights and Insights.

Part I: A Perspective on Leadership Assessment.
There is a disconnect between what is generally known about leadership and the way leaders are assessed in most organizations. The first part of the book identifies these oversights and recommends ways of correcting for them. The first part, largely descriptive, lays out the book’s foundation.

1. Think Volume Control: Don’t Overuse Your Strengths.

2. “Mirror, Mirror . . .”: Look for Excess Too.

3. Know Your Own Strength.

4. The Impact of Mind-Set: Learning the Inner Game of Leadership.

Part II: Two Major Oppositions in Leadership.
Of all the oppositions, dichotomies, polarities or dualities in leadership, two stand out as arguably the most important to a leader’s effectiveness. They are: (1) forceful and enabling leadership, and (2) strategic and operational leadership.

5. Forceful and Enabling Leadership: The Power of Both.

6. Strategic and Operational Leadership: The Power of Both.

Part III: Prescriptions for Development.
The third part offers ways to correct overdoing it, underdoing it, and the combination of both, lopsidedness. All three chapters describe the outer/behavioral work of development and the inner/personal work of development.The book concludes with an elaboration of an ideal of versatility, which if not a destination that most leaders will reach can nevertheless serve as a direction for their development.

7. Throttling Back.

8. Revving Up.

9. Adjusting Both Sides.

10. The Multi-Versatile Leader.

Appendix.

Notes.

Index.

About the Authors.

About the (patented) Leadership Versatility Index.

Pfeiffer Publications Guide.

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