Does the character of our leaders matter?
You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character. Time and again, we’ve seen that truth play out, as once-thriving organizations falter and fail under the guidance of leaders behaving badly. Why, then, do so many executives remain skeptical about the true value of leadership character? A winning strategy and a sound business model are what really matter, they argue; character is just the icing on the cake.
What’s been missing from this debate is hard evidence: data that shows not only that leadership character matters for organizational success, but how it matters; and concrete evidence that it leads to better business results. Now, in this groundbreaking book, respected leadership researcher, adviser, and author Fred Kiel offers that evidencesolid data that demonstrates the connection between character, leadership excellence, and organizational results.
After seven years of rigorous research based on a landmark study of more than 100 CEOs and over 8,000 of their employees’ observations, Kiel’s findings show that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the ROA for their organizations as did leaders of weak character.
Return on Character goes on to reveal:
How leadership character is formed, how it creates value, and how that value spreads throughout the organization
How low-character leaders undermine the success of even the best business plans
How leaders at any level can develop the habits of strong character and “unlearn” the habits of poor character
The book also provides a character-building methodologystep-by-step advice and techniques for assessing your own character habits and improving your performance and that of your organization.
Return on Character provides the blueprint for building your own leadership character and creating a character-driven organization that achieves superior business results.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Fred Kiel, PhD, is a founding partner of the leadership development and strategic analytics firm KRW International and a pioneer in the field of executive coaching. For more than thirty years, he has helped Fortune 500 CEOs and senior executives build organizational effectiveness through leadership excellence and mission alignment. His rigorous data gathering and customized development process provide executives with transformative feedback.
To learn more, visit returnoncharacter.com
Table of Contents
Part I ROC and the Path toward Leadership
1 Character Defined: Populating the Character Curve 13
2 The Human Nature of Leadership: Upgrading an Outdated Model 35
3 The Journey from Cradle to Corner Office: Reading the Road Map 51
Part II ROC Leadership at Work
4 ROC Leadership in Action: Mastering the Essentials 81
5 The Executive Team and ROC: Guiding the Organization to a Win 105
6 The ROC Ripple Effect: Bringing Every Stakeholder into the Winner's Circle 129
Part III The ROC Habits Workshop
7 Becoming a Virtuoso Leader 157
8 Developing an ROC Organization 191
Conclusion: Steering toward a New Direction in Leadership 211
Appendix A 221
Appendix B 231
About the Author 277