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How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing / Edition 1

How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing / Edition 1

by Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal


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How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing / Edition 1

The proven model that offers powerful and elegant strategies forleaders

How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing usescompelling, contemporary examples to show how more complex thinkingis the key to better leadership. Leaders who understand what'sgoing on around them see what they need to do to achieve theresults they want. Bolman and Deal's influential four-frame modelof leadership and organizations—developed in theirbestselling book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry Choice andLeadership—offers leaders an accessible guide forunderstanding four major aspects of organizational life: structure,people, politics, and culture. Tapping into the complexity enablesleaders to decode the messy world in which they live, see moreoptions, tell better stories, and find strategies that are moreeffective. Case examples of leaders like Jeff Bezos at Amazon,Howard Schultz at Starbucks, Tony Hsieh at Zappos, Ursula Burns atXerox, and the late Steve Jobs at Apple provide concrete lessonsthat readers can put to use in their own leadership. The book'slessons include:

  • How to use structural tools to organize teams and organizationsfor better results
  • How to build motivation and morale by aligning organizationsand people
  • How to map the terrain and build a power base to navigate thepolitical dynamics in organizations
  • How to develop a leadership story that shapes culture, providesdirection, and inspires commitment to excellence

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118140987
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 346,036
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

LEE G. BOLMAN holds the Marion Block Missouri Chair inLeadership at the Bloch School of Management, University ofMissouri–Kansas City. With Terrence Deal, Bolman is coauthorof the bestselling book Reframing Organizations, now in its5th edition. For twenty years, Bolman taught at the HarvardGraduate School of Education.

TERRENCE E. DEAL is the founder of the Deal LeadershipInstitute and has served on the faculties of Stanford, Harvard,Vanderbilt, and the University of Southern California. He is theauthor or coauthor of twenty-seven books, including the bestsellerCorporate Cultures, as well as numerous articles onorganizations, change, and leadership.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Part 1 Leadership in Four Dimensions 1

1 Introduction: The Power of Reframing 3

Part 2 Structural Leadership 21

2 Getting Organized 23

3 Organizing Groups and Teams 37

Part 3 Human Resource Leadership 49

4 Leading People 51

5 Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us 63

Part 4 Political Leadership 77

6 The Leader as Politician 79

7 The Leader as Warrior and Peacemaker 91

Part 5 Symbolic Leadership 105

8 The Leader as Magician 107

9 Seeking Soul in Teams 119

Part 6 Improving Leadership Practice 129

10 Reframing in Action 131

11 Images of Leadership: Can Crooked Kites Fly? 145

12 Leadership and Change 159

13 Searching for Soul: Leadership Ethics 175

14 Great Leaders, Great Stories 187

Appendix: Leadership Orientations 195

Notes 201

The Authors 213

Index 215

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