Too many companies are managed not by leaders, but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What does it take to be a real leaderone who is confident in who she is and what she stands for, and who truly inspires people to achieve extraordinary results?
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones argue that leaders don’t become great by aspiring to a list of universal character traits. Rather, effective leaders are authentic: they deploy individual strengths to engage followers’ hearts, minds, and souls. They are skillful at consistently being themselves, even as they alter their behaviors to respond effectively in changing contexts.
In this lively and practical book, Goffee and Jones draw from extensive research to reveal how to hone and deploy one’s unique leadership assets while managing the inherent tensions at the heart of successful leadership: showing emotion and withholding it, getting close to followers while keeping distance, and maintaining individuality while “conforming enough.” Underscoring the social nature of leadership, the book also explores how leaders can remain attuned to the needs and expectations of followers.
Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? will forever change how we view, develop, and practice the art of leadership, wherever we live and work.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Rob Goffee is Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School, where he teaches on the world renowned Senior Executive Programme. An internationally respected teacher and facilitator, Rob has taught executives from some of the world’s leading companies, including Unilever, Nestlé, and Sonae. He also consults to the boards of a number of FTSE 100 companies. Gareth Jones is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and a visiting professor at Spain’s IE Business School in Madrid.
Table of Contents
New Preface, 201 5 ix
Introduction Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? 1
1 Be Yourself-More-with Skill 9
2 Know and Show Yourself-Enough 29
3 Take Personal Risks 59
4 Read-and Rewrite-the Context 83
5 Remain Authentic-but Conform Enough 109
6 Manage Social Distance 135
7 Communicate-with Care 161
8 Authentic Followership 189
9 The Price and Prize of Leadership 203
Appendix A Evaluating Your Leadership Potential 219
Appendix B Maximizing Authenticity and Skill 223
About the Authors 243