Visionary Leadership

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Nothing drives an organization like an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future. Leadership expert and best-selling author Burt Nanus finally shows why vision is the key to leadership--and presents a logical, step-by-step process to create and implement a powerful new sense of direction in any organization. Visionary Leadership is an indispensable guide for leaders at all levels, from top executives to heads of divisions and departments, from large corporations to small businesses, from ...
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Overview

Nothing drives an organization like an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future. Leadership expert and best-selling author Burt Nanus finally shows why vision is the key to leadership--and presents a logical, step-by-step process to create and implement a powerful new sense of direction in any organization. Visionary Leadership is an indispensable guide for leaders at all levels, from top executives to heads of divisions and departments, from large corporations to small businesses, from manufacturing and service organizations to government and nonprofit institutions.

Successful leaders know that nothing drives an organization like an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future. Nanus shows why vision is the key to leadership, and demonstrates how any leader can use a logical, step-by-step process to create and implement a powerful new sense of direction in his or her organization.

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"What makes great leaders great? That's the question Burt Nanus attempts to answer in Visionary Leadership (and does so quite well, by the way). But if you're thinking this is going to be another one of those nebulous, touchy-feely, here's-the-kind-of-charisma-it-takes-to-get-ahead-in-business books, you're only partly right. Visionary Leadership is all about the one essential component of great leadersnamely, being a visionarybut it's not a theoretical treatise. Nanus writes not only of the necessity of a vision to your business' success, but also how to develop and sustain that vision.''

"Likely to prove the most important management book of the year.'' --Edward Cornish, president, World Future Society

"Ideas with vision have power and magic that carry those ideas beyond the people who create them. Burt Nanus shows us how to find such vision.'' --U.S. Senator Bob Graham

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The survival of the planet in the '90s, according to Nanus, coauthor of Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Over, depends on whether world leaders are able to envision critical changes in both the public and the private sectors. Using a pet-food company as an example, Nanus contends that the ideas and methods involved in developing a ``vision'' are equally applicable to a product, a government, a public service agency, a church, a school and a penitentiary. Success, he argues, depends on the originator's capacity to ``attract, commit and energize people.'' But Nanus only partially succeeds in defining these intangible attributes, and his proposed ways to realize one's vision--including lists, ``vision audits'' and tables--differ little from common-sense strategies typically advocated in how-to-succeed guides. Fortune Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Nanus, coauthor of the best-selling Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge ( LJ 4/1/85) and author of The Leader's Edge: The Seven Keys to Leadership in Turbulent Times (Contemporary Bks., 1989), continues clarifying the elements of this elusive skill for the reading public. In his latest effort, he presents a step-by-step approach to the development of vision. To do this, he divides his book into three parts and explains what vision is, how to develop it, and how to implement it. Well written, practical in approach, and laced with numerous examples, this work should prove popular with readers. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Fortune Bk. Club main selection; BOMC alternate.-- Robert Logsdon, Indiana State Univ. Lib., Indianapolis
Booknews
Nanus (management, University of Southern California) defines vision as something related to, but different from, missions, goals, and strategies, and he sets forth how to develop and implement a vision for business success. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901141
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/11/1995
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #196
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 972,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

BURT NANUS is author or coauthor of six books including the best-selling Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge (1985, with Warren Bennis). For many years, he was director of research at the University of Southern California's Leadership Institute and professor of management in the School of Business Administration.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Part One: What Vision Is and Why It Matters.

1. Vision: The Key to Leadership.

2. Where Tomorrow Begins: Finding the Right Vision.

Part Two: Developing the Vision.

3. Taking Stock: The Vision Audit.

4. Testing Reality: The Vision Scope.

5. Considering the Possibilities: The Vision Context.

6. Finding Your Way: The Vision Choice.

Part Three: Implementing the Vision.

7. Making It Happen: Translating Vision into Reality.

8. Running a Race with No End: The Re-Visioning Process.

9. Developing Visionary Leadership: Securing the Future.

Appendix: Visionary Leadership for the Public Sector.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    One of the best!

    Burt Nanus is very humble in his writing style. The feel of this book is almost bible like. You will be influenced and exposed to high quality material with the same attention to detail you found in the late Peter Drucker¿s work. You will not gain an instant vision by reading this book however, it is definitely a good book to keep in your collection. It will always help you retrace your steps.

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