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There Is No Box: A Practical Guide for the Relatable Leader

There Is No Box: A Practical Guide for the Relatable Leader

by Simon Cleveland, Marisa Cleveland
There Is No Box: A Practical Guide for the Relatable Leader

There Is No Box: A Practical Guide for the Relatable Leader

by Simon Cleveland, Marisa Cleveland


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Leading isn’t just something you do; leadership is a lifestyle.

In today’s global economy, effective leadership requires engaging in diverse interactions, meaning there is no one, predefined way to lead. Instead, leaders today must be culturally agile, and they must live that awareness and adaptability each and every day.

There Is No Box is a practical guide for leaders who recognize how critical it is to draw outside the lines of typical guidance in order to rethink leadership development and gain competencies that make them more inclusive, culturally aware, and empowered to facilitate collaboration.

Authors Marisa Cleveland and Simon Cleveland draw on their combined forty years of experience in corporate, government, and higher education leadership to answer a question they’ve been getting for over two decades: how do lauded leaders live? Through anecdotes and interviews paired with actionable takeaways, the book investigates where leaders start, how they become boxed in upon entering the workforce, and finally how they can break through those boundaries to become a culturally agile leader and a meaningful contributor to our global society.

There Is No Box provides established and emerging leaders across all fields with the tools to make leadership their lifestyle.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781637741948
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 11/08/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 466,051
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

With more than two decades in the education and publishing industries, Dr. Marisa Cleveland is adamant about supporting efforts toward the betterment of the human condition. Cleveland is the executive director for The Seymour Agency, a Hodges University Board of Trustees member, and a New York Times bestselling author. In 2021, Cleveland was honored with a Distinguished Online Teaching nomination for Southern New Hampshire University, where she is an adjunct professor. Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines honored Cleveland with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, and in 2014, Gulfshore Business selected her as a “40 Under Forty” honoree. Cleveland holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University, and an MA in Educational Administration and a BS in Speech Communication from George Mason University.

Dr. Simon Cleveland lectures at the Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of corporate and government leadership, higher education administration, project management, information systems, and technology management, having worked in various leadership roles for organizations such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, Accenture, America Online, Georgetown University, and City University of Seattle. Dr. Cleveland holds a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, an MS in Project Management from The George Washington University, an MA in Leadership from City University of Seattle, and a BS in Management and Marketing from George Mason University. He is certified as a project management professional (PMP), Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) expert, and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Dr. Cleveland is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a Tropaia Award recipient for Outstanding Faculty at Georgetown University, and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Introduction xxi

Part 1 Color inside the Lines 1

1 What Is Relatable Leadership? 3

2 Leveling the Playing Field 9

3 The Complexity of Relatability 23

Part 2 Think Outside the Box 47

4 Starting Lines 49

5 Cultural Agility 65

6 Compassionate Communication 87

7 The Leadership Lifestyle 107

8 Nonhierarchical Leadership 127

Part 3 There Is No Box 149

9 The Project Management Mindset 151

10 Values and Vision 175

11 Plotting with Purpose 193

12 Own Your Life 209

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 229

Index 237

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

There Is No Box is a critically important book, offering invaluable insights and a clear path forward to becoming a relatable leader. Professor Cleveland’s premise that leadership is more than a skill, it is a lifestyle, is exactly on point. And his conclusions are based on strategies drawn from real-world experience.”
Paul A. Russo, United States Ambassador (ret.)
“Marisa and Simon in There Is No Box have captured the essence of leadership by bringing to light relatability as the primary driver to success, with communication and compassion as central elements . . . The road map to relatable leadership offers a synergistic right and left-brain perspective that will benefit anyone desiring a clear path to leadership success as presented through the lens of proven leaders.”
Paul Dooley, former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations
There Is No Box challenges our leaders—emerging and established—to focus on the importance of finding common ground amid a landscape of global and digital diversification. The authors weave together a method for becoming a relatable leader and taking charge of your own life. This is the book that every leader should share with their teams so they can thrive intellectually and emotionally.”
Paul Lewis, former Special Envoy at the U.S. Department of Defense
“Today we live in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. The complexities organizations face everyday cry out for effective and relatable leaders to successfully navigate change. This book provides a clear road map on how to become a relatable leader to drive change while fulfilling your destiny.”
Timothy Mills, CSM PMP, Instructor, Agile Project Management, Harvard Extension School – Dept. of Continuing Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
There Is No Box is a sensible, skillfully assembled, eminently readable survey of the most important aspects of being a leader and a human being. The authors inspire you to think about leadership as a state of being that can be found throughout any level and sphere of life, not just in the workplace.”
George Moschoglou, PhD, Associate Professor of the Practice and Faculty Director, Georgetown University
There Is No Box is a great read for those just starting out, those sensing that they need to change their approach to leadership, or even those who just want to look outside the existing leadership style boxes.”
Dr. Jack Deem, Academic Department Chair, School of Business and Information Technology, Purdue Global University
There Is No Box shows us all the ways to step outside of our comfort zone, embrace ambiguity, and leverage our experiences of immovable boundaries and rigid playbooks to create a new paradigm between a leader and those they influence.”
Mary Ludden, MBA, PhD, Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost, Northeastern University

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