Executive Advantage: Resilient Leadership for 21st-Century Organizations

Executive Advantage: Resilient Leadership for 21st-Century Organizations

by Jacqui Grey


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Constantly fighting to make sense of their changing worlds and make the right decisions for themselves, their teams and their business, today's executive leaders are under intense pressure.

Leadership expert Jacqui Grey presents a 10 step solution for 21st century leaders who are looking to make sense of the complexities they face, especially in times of growth or, conversely, recession and downsizing. This practical framework provides the strategies needed to support the capabilities that result in optimal business performance which include emotional resilience, flexibility, agility and stress management.

In addition, Grey offers advice on how to beat the "executive gremlins" that get in the way of success, particularly stress and anxiety. Backed by current thinking and leadership research on authenticity, psychotherapy and neuroscience, Executive Advantage is a key resource for all leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749468286
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Jacqui Grey
is Managing Director of Transition, a transformational change management, leadership and executive coaching and coach training business. Jacqui has worked globally for blue-chip companies on innovative development programs and has a special interest in the development of top female executives. She has previously worked for leading investment banks and a range of FTSE 100 companies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Biography xi

Introduction 1

01 Resilience under fire - Executive Gremlins are derailing your business 17

Why Executive Gremlins cause strategic change programmes to fail 17

MBO to flotation 22

Joint venture 23

Recession, downsizing and internal takeovers 25

An internal takeover 26

Social media, whistleblowing and breaking the brand 27

Bullying 29

Leaders' experiences 31

Feeling threatened through change 32

Why is it important to talk about change? 33

02 The secret weapon! 37

Human needs and Executive Gremlins 37

Belief systems - where do they come from? 40

The emotional bucket 42

Executive Gremlin: Unimportant 44

Executive Gremlin: Unlovable 47

Executive Gremlin: Control 50

Learning to handle your gremlins 53

03 Your reality is not their reality 55

Your reality and conflict 57

Exploders, stuffers and covert stabbers 57

LEAP! 60

04 The Executive Advantage 10-Step Solution for Resilient 21st-century Leaders® 67

A process for identifying and handling Executive Gremlins in the context of the organization 67

05 Neuroleadership and the 10-Step Solution 97

The evolution of brain development 98

So what is going on in our heads now? 98

The SCARF model and Executive Gremlins 103

Neuroleadership and gender - are we wired differently? 111

Does SCARF apply differently to men and women? 114

06 Women on the edge 119

Women need to start believing in themselves and self-promote 123

Don't try to be superwomen! 126

Use your gender difference; don't just be a stereotype 128

The double glass ceiling 128

Why aren't there more women on boards? 131

Women must want it badly enough 137

Getting more women on boards - top tips for CEOs 140

Actions for the individual 143

07 The rot starts at the top 145

Poor leadership behaviours derail business performance 145

Authenticity and storytelling 147

Factions and mafias 150

Underperforming boards, leadership teams and individual board members 151

Off target! 152

The investment in improving leadership behaviours and performance is worth it 154

Think longer term and bigger picture 156

Leaders must be willing to take personal risks 157

Risk 159

Organizational investment 161

08 The Executive Advantage 21st-century Solution for Organizations 163

Key trends for 21st-century leadership 163

Key 21st-century behavioural capabilities 164

Loss of meaning 165

Loss of community 165

Employees are more cynical than they used to be 165

So how do we encourage inclusive leadership? 170

Support for 21st-century organizations 172

What is mentoring? 174

The benefits of mentoring for mentors 175

Qualities of a good mentor 176

The benefits of mentoring for mentees 176

Conclusions and summary 183

Further reading 187

Bibliography 189

Index 199

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Anyone who is serious about being a leader with impact today needs this book." — Professor David Rock, Neuroleadership Institute

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