The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader

The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader

by B. Joseph White, Yaron Prywes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814417652
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

"B. Joseph White is President of the University of Illinois. He was previously interim president of the University of Michigan and dean of its top-ranked business school for ten years. He has been a business executive and served as director or trustee of numerous large companies and several healthcare organizations. He is based in Urbana, Illinois.

Yaron Prywes is an organizational consultant with GHL Global Consulting, LLC, and a candidate for a Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology at Columbia University. He lives in New York City."

Table of Contents

"Foreword by C. K. Prahalad, vii


Become a Leader, a Better Leader, a Great Leader, 1


The Reptiles versus the Mammals, 17


The Leadership Pyramid, 35


Reptilian Excellence, 53


Mammalian Excellence, 89


The Secret of Becoming a Great Leader, 125


Challenge Yourself: Become a Great Leader, 151

Appendix: The "Nature of Your Leadership" Survey, 175

Notes, 185

Index, 189

Acknowledgments, 195"

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From the Publisher

"Leveraging his diverse leadership experience and his learnings from other great leaders, Joe White explains how to set tough standards, continually raise aspirations, and nurture high-energy teams. You won't get multipoint plans or be encouraged to think on four levels. But you'll know how to receive bedraggled members of your teams and send them on their way with a sense of purpose and determination."

—Edward A. Snyder, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Economics,

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

"The Nature of Leadership should be required reading for every person who aspires to be an effective leader. Joe White approaches the topic of leadership in an interesting, enlightening and captivating way. He combines his own experiences as a highly successful leader with the powerful lessons he has learned from his research and study of other highly effective leaders who are diverse in their backgrounds and leadership roles. Joe is providing us with a phenomenal 'class' on leadership!"

—David A. Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Domino's Pizza, Inc.

"Few authors on leadership have a more eclectic perspective than Joe White, who has been credible as an academic, university leader, and business executive. His book captures this rich diversity and shows that inherent paradoxes (reptilian vs. mammalian leadership requirements) that are built on a foundation of character and trust can be the basis for great leaders who accomplish innovative change. The thoughtful principles, engaging stories, and clever examples create a deep understanding of the nature of leadership. The book reinforces, synthesizes, and clarifies what it takes to become a great leader, by one who has done so over and over again."

—Dave Ulrich, Professor of Business, University of Michigan, and author of The HR Value Proposition

"In The Nature of Leadership, Joe White provides a clear and inspiring road map for today's leaders and those of the future. His advice rings true for me: Be resilient—in the face of adversity you just keep going.

And be a high-integrity leader—if you don't have strength of character and trustworthiness, nothing else matters."

—Doris K. Christopher, Founder & Chairman, The Pampered Chef"

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