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Real leadership : helping people and organizations face their toughest challenges

Author: Dean Williams
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Too many organizations today play follow the leader: the commander articulates a vision and people uncritically go along with it. But this style of leadership is ultimately ineffective and even dangerous. It hampers people's ability to anticipate and react to changing circumstances. And if the leader's vision is flawed, the entire organization will suffer. In Real Leadership, Dean Williams argues that the true task  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Williams, Dean, 1955-
Real leadership.
San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler, 2005
(DLC) 2005045219
(OCoLC)58919905
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dean Williams
ISBN: 9781609943776 1609943775 9781605096186 1605096180 1283268612 9781283268615
OCLC Number: 243597398
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 295 pages)
Contents: pt. 1. Real leadership : the engine of progress --
pt. 2. The six challenges of real leadership --
pt. 3. Real leadership in action.
Responsibility: Dean Williams.
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Too many organizations today play follow the leader: the commander articulates a vision and people uncritically go along with it. But this style of leadership is ultimately ineffective and even dangerous. It hampers people's ability to anticipate and react to changing circumstances. And if the leader's vision is flawed, the entire organization will suffer. In Real Leadership, Dean Williams argues that the true task of the leader is to get people to face the reality of any situation themselves and develop strategies to deal with problems or take advantage of opportunities. Leaders who are responsible with their power and authority don't dictate; they help people determine what shifts in their values, habits, practices and priorities will be needed to accommodate changing conditions and new demands. Williams details how to apply this new approach to six different challenges that every organization faces. Throughout, he uses examples from his own experiences--working with organizations as diverse as the government of Singapore, Aetna Life and Casualty, and the nomadic Penan tribe in Borneo--as well as historical examples and the insights gleaned from his many interviews with presidents, prime ministers, and business leaders to demonstrate the practical application of real leadership in the real world. At a time when so many visionary leaders have led their organizations to disaster, Real Leadership offers a needed, proven alternative.

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