Paradoxes of Leadership: Reflections from Twenty Years of Managing a Highly Participative Company

Paradoxes of Leadership: Reflections from Twenty Years of Managing a Highly Participative Company

by Charles R. Edmunson


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ISBN-13: 9780926902534
Publisher: Charles R. Edmunson
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Preface: Stephen Sheppard
Paradox 1: We Have More Influence When We Listen Than When We
Paradox 2: Profound Change Comes From a Feeling of Safety, Not From
Paradox 3: We Are Stronger When We Are Vulnerable
Paradox 4: Even When We Are Effective, We Doubt Ourselves
Paradox 5: Our Strength Is Our Weakness
Paradox 6: Less Is More
Paradox 7: Our Strength Comes Through Serving, Not Through
Paradox 8: We Correct Better Through Grace Than Through
Paradox 9: We Gain Respect Not by Demanding It, But by Giving It
Paradox 10: We Learn by Talking, Not Just by Listening
Paradox 11: With People, the Shortest Distance Between Two Points Is Not
a Straight Line
Paradox 12: The Hard Stuff is the Soft Stuff
Paradox 13: Sometimes We Have to Get It Wrong to Get It Right
The Final Paradox: A Full Life Is Achieved Not by Grasping, But by


This work is powerful because it is real-life. Whether from the experience of Charles himself, well-known leaders of history or ordinary people like you or me, Paradoxes is made up of the issues and questions that many of us face every day.Paradoxes of Leadership helps direct us. It does so, not by blueprinting or boilerplating, but by positing fourteen observations which we, in turn, must consider and internalize for ourselves.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
True to its title and the premise of Chapter 6 of this work, 'Paradoxes' delivers more thought-provoking ideas with less padding than any work since Max DePree's 'Leadership Is An Art.' This is not a book that attempts to do the work for the reader. Rather, it suggests concepts that are universal to leadership and allows the reader the room to consider his/her own feelings as related to each. There is also the element of Edmunson's own journey inherent in these pages. He is candid about his own experiences, positive and negative, and that adds to the credibility and thought-provoking nature of the work. And finally, the reality of Edmunson's physical condition adds to the effect of the words, words coming from this man who now cannot speak. The total effect is marvelous and a wonderful learning opportunity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most good books on Management and Leadership require us to wade through 300 pages or more to reap the nuggets. Paradoxes of Leadership can be read and valuable lessons learned at the rate of 2 pages per day, one paradox at a time, or in one sitting of 1-2 hours. Each paradox is a condensed gem, based on the author's many years of experience, and highly relevant to leadership in any field. This is the ideal book for busy managers and executives, and for their consultants and advisors. Suggestion: Read it yourself, and then use it, Paradox by Paradox, as the kickoff for a weekly dialogue about leadership in your organization.