In Transparency, the authors–a powerhouse trio in thefield of leadership–look at what conspires against "a cultureof candor" in organizations to create disastrous results, andsuggest ways that leaders can achieve healthy and honest openness.They explore the lightning-rod concept of"transparency"–which has fast become the buzzword not only inbusiness and corporate settings but in government and the socialsector as well.
Together Bennis, Goleman, and O'Toole explore why thecontainment of truth is the dearest held value of far too manyorganizations and suggest practical ways that organizations, theirleaders, their members, and their boards can achieve openness.After years of dedicating themselves to research and theory, atfirst separately, and now jointly, these three leadership giantsreveal the multifaceted importance of candor and show what promotestransparency and what hinders it. They describe how leaders oftenstymie the flow of information and the structural impediments thatkeep information from getting where it needs to go. This vitalresource is written for any organization–business,government, and nonprofit–that must achieve a culture ofcandor, truth, and transparency.
About the Author
Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Judgment and On Becoming a Leader.
Daniel Goleman authored the best-selling books Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership. He is codirector of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University.
James O'Toole is the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. He is the author of seventeen books, including The Executive's Compass, Creating the Good Life, and Leading Change.
Table of Contents
Preface viiWarren Bennis
1 Creating a culture of candor 1Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and Patricia Ward Biederman
2 Speaking truth to power 45James O'Toole
3 The new transparency 93Warren Bennis
The authors 129