This study examines how the UN Secretary-General's leadership qualities affect how they address threats to peace and security. The personal traits of all seven Secretaries-General are measured and categorized into one of three leadership styles: managerial, strategic, and visionary.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2006|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
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KENT J. KILLE is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The College of Wooster, USA.
Table of ContentsIntroduction The Secretary-Generalship: The Individual behind the Office A Secretary-General's Avenues for Influence The Visionary: Dag Hammarskjold The Manager: Kurt Waldheim The Strategist: Kofi Annan From Manager to Visionary: Contrasting the Secretaries-General
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Kent J. Kille's new work 'From Manager to Visionary: The Secretary-General of the United Nations' fills a critical gap in the existing literature by addressing the impact of each office holder's leadership style apart from the international politics of their day. Though calls for a study of leadership styles appear in the literature, none offer the type of analysis which Kille provides. Kille's quantitative analysis offers a predictive framework within which an office holder is likely to respond to the constraints placed on them by the Charter, member states or events. At the same time, he offers his assessment without making the subject overly academic or inaccessible to the layman. The case studies of Hammarskjöld, Waldheim and Annan show a significant if not perfect match between Kille's predictive framework and Hammarskjöld, Waldheim and Annan's actual behavior while in office. The slight deviations suggest some necessary refinements to the leadership metrics and styles which Kille initially proposed. But Kille's proposed continuum of leadership styles, from manager to visionary, holds true very well. 'From Manager to Visionary' is a new seminal work in the literature and clearly earns Kille a place in the company of Erskine Childers, Sir Brian Urquhardt and Edward Luck as an authority on the Secretaries General. His contribution will influence how other scholars describe the impact of past Secretaries-General and, for many of us today, will a key resource we turn to in interpreting the words and actions of Secretary Ban Ki-moon over the next decade.