Learning To Lead: A Workbook On Becoming A Leader, Updated Edition

Learning To Lead: A Workbook On Becoming A Leader, Updated Edition

by Warren Bennis, Joan Goldsmith

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Overview

Leading an organization is different from managing it. Managers want to be efficient. Leaders want to be effective. If you want to develop your leadership skills, the first step is Learning to Lead. Over his distinguished career Warren Bennis—“master practitioner, researcher, and theoretician all in one” (Tom Peters)—has shown how leaders are made, not born. Here he writes in partnership with Joan Goldsmith, a management development expert known for her “team approach,… basic humanity, and love of life” (Peter Schneider, President of Walt Disney Feature Animation). Together they help managers build themselves into leaders.Using wisdom from the world's best leaders, helpful self-assessments, and dozens of one-day skill-building exercises, Learning to Lead invites you to discover the joy of leadership. Learn to see beyond leadership myths, translate failures into springboards for renewed creativity, and communicate your vision for your organization. Never has the inspiring art of leadership been presented in such a practical form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780201311402
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Edition description: REV
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)

About the Author

Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and a consultant to multinational companies and governments around the world. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. He is author of more than thirty books and dozens of other articles on leadership, including Managing the Dream, Organizing Genius, and Learning to Lead. He lives in Santa Monica, California. Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California. One of the nation's most respected executive consultants, he has advised four presidents and written or edited over twenty books, including the business bestsellers On Becoming a Leader and Organizing Genius.Joan Goldsmith is a management consultant based in Santa Monica. She has worked with Showtime Networks, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Pacific Bell, and others. Formerly on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is coauthor with Kenneth Cloke of Thank God It's Monday! 14 Values We Need to Humanize the Way We Work.

Table of Contents

Preface xi(10)
Acknowledgments xxi
Chapter 1--Leadership for a Successful Future
1(20)
The Future Is in Their Hands
1(2)
The Integrity of Leadership
3(1)
Leaders, Not Managers
4(1)
Trust, Plus Vision, Plus Meaning
5(1)
The Buried Treasure
6(1)
An Empowered Work Force
6(1)
Leadership Can Be Learned
7(2)
The Learning Plan of This Workbook
9(1)
The Distinctions between Manager and Leader--An Exercise
9(5)
Your Leadership Assessment--An Exercise
14(1)
Leadership Assessment Inventory--An Exercise
15(3)
Your Leadership Agenda--An Exercise
18(3)
Chapter 2--How to Use This Workbook
21(20)
The Reinvention of Self
21(2)
Leadership of Your Own Life
23(1)
The Inner Voice
24(2)
Self-Reflection
26(1)
Personal Values for Effective Leaders--An Exercise
26(7)
Personal Goals for Leaders--An Exercise
33(2)
Group Leadership--An Exercise
35(2)
Qualities That Support Group Leadership Development--An Exercise
37(4)
Chapter 3--The Leadership Crisis
41(28)
The Loss of Leaders
41(3)
The Leadership Crisis
44(1)
Leaders from the Past--An Exercise
45(6)
Leadership Myths--An Exercise
51(4)
The Leadership Gap?--An Exercise
56(4)
Leaders in Our Families--An Exercise
60(4)
Leaders in Our Organization--An Exercise
64(5)
Chapter 4--Knowing Yourself
69(30)
The Beginning
69(2)
The Shift in the Leadership Paradigm
71(2)
Leaders Are Made by Learning How to Learn--An Exercise
73(5)
Learning Modes--An Exercise
78(2)
A Learning Style Presentation--An Exercise
80(2)
Failure--The Springboard of Hope
82(2)
Patterns of Failure--An Exercise
84(8)
Leadership Checklist--An Exercise
92(3)
The Lifeline--An Exercise
95(4)
Chapter 5--Creating and Communicating a Vision
99(20)
A Passionate Commitment to Vision
99(3)
Alignment of Others to Your Vision
102(3)
Your Organizational Vision--An Exercise
105(6)
You in Your Vision--An Exercise
111(5)
Communication and Your Vision--An Exercise
116(3)
Chapter 6--Maintaining Trust through Integrity
119(24)
Trust and Organizational Effectiveness
119(2)
Qualities of Leadership--An Exercise
121(2)
Support through Empathy
123(2)
The Practice of Empathy--An Exercise
125(7)
Trust through Consistent Integrity
132(3)
Your Ethical Ten Commandments--An Exercise
135(4)
The Integrity Gap--An Exercise
139(4)
Chapter 7--Realizing Intention through Action
143(24)
A Self-Assessment Prior to Action
144(2)
Your Goals Statement--An Exercise
146(2)
Commitment and Desire as Requisites for Action
148(2)
Commitments and Desires--An Exercise
150(3)
Strategic Thinking
153(2)
The Strategy Map--An Exercise
155(6)
Power to Achieve Your Goals--Exercises
161(4)
Empowerment: A Conclusion
165(2)
Books on Leadership: An Annotated Bibliography 167(10)
References 177(4)
Index 181

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Doug Willmore, Chief Administrative Officer, Salt Lake County
Learning to Lead is one of the finest books for leaders that I have ever had the opportunity to read. Grounded in proven theory, yet written in action, Bennis and Goldsmith have given anyone who aspires to lead more powerfully and more effectively, a pathway to follow. The pathway they lay out requires work and thought, yet it also calls for the best that you have to give – and as such, has allowed for new levels of self-expression, authenticity, and effectiveness in my own leadership. Clear and concise, yet not simple, it is a book that I will return to again and again.”

Catherine Houser, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, MTV Networks
“They say leaders are born, but leadership is a skill that's bred. Learning to Lead is full of smart, practical thinking on how to unlock the potential for greatness that lies within all of us.”

Raz Ingrasci, President & CEO, Hoffman Institute
“Outstanding leaders effectively embrace the paradox of a path that is equal parts inner wisdom and outward action. Now, just when the demand for excellence is greatest, this modern classic by Goldsmith and Bennis gives leaders of every stripe direct access to great mastery from one who knows you perfectly in your highest aspirations – YOURSELF. Live with this book. Use it to recalibrate your inner compass as you step boldly forward into the greatest adventure of your life.”

Tuscon Citizen
“This definitive and practical guide to leadership, now in its revised and updated fourth edition, is especially important in our current work environment of crisis and uncertainty. The ability to develop competent leaders is, without a doubt, one of our society’s most pressing concerns. This handy workbook is filled with wisdom from the world’s most insightful and accomplished leaders and includes useful self-assessments and dozens of interactive skill-building exercises.”

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