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Leadership without Easy Answers

Leadership without Easy Answers

Author: Ronald A. Heifetz
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The economy uncertain, education in decline, cities under siege, crime and poverty spiraling upward, international relations roiling: we look to leaders for solutions, and when they don't deliver, we simply add their failure to our list of woes. In doing do, we do them and ourselves a grave disservice. We are indeed facing an unprecedented crisis of leadership, Ronald Heifetz avows, but it stems as much from our demands and expectations as from any leader's inability to meet them. His book gets at both of these problems, offering a practical approach to leadership for those who lead as well as those who look to them for answers. Fitting the theory and practice of leadership to our extraordinary times, the book promotes a new social contract, a revitalization of our civic life just when we most need it.

Drawing on a dozen years of research among managers, officers, and politicians in the public realm and the private sector, among the nonprofits, and in teaching, Heifetz presents clear, concrete prescriptions for anyone who needs to take the lead in almost any situation, under almost any organizational conditions, no matter who is in charge, His strategy applies not only to people at the top but also to those who must lead without authority--activists as well as presidents, managers as well as workers on the front line.

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A superb book for any age, but particularly for our current one, where society is so desperately in need of its wisdom and expertise. Leadership without Easy Answers should be required reading for top managers in all sectors--private, public, and nonprofit. I hope it will also be widely read by the citizenry that is so much in need of an attitude shift on the nature of authority. This book is also very much about citizenship. -- M. Scott Peck, Author of The Road Less Traveled Alive with insights, concepts, new ideas, just teeming with the kind of creative approach to the study of leadership that I and of course many others esteem. In a field in which there has been a great deal of repetitious work, Heifetz strikes out in ground-breaking directions. -- James MacGregor Burns, Author of Leadership Remarkably thoughtful, provocative, and useful. This book will be seen as a major contribution that provides a rare interdisciplinary view of leadership in context. Leaders as well as serious students of the process of leadership and the development of leaders need to have this book on their shelves. -- General Walter Ulmer, U. S. Army (Ret.), President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina Heifetz turns out to be one of the most thoughtful scholars on leadership. His direct and relevant concepts are pathbreaking. -- James David Barber, Author of Presidential Character Original and penetrating in its analysis of leadership. This is an excellent book. Important and valuable. -- John Gardner, former Secretary HEW, Founder of Common Cause Leadership without Easy Answers should go a long way toward clearing up many confusions about leadership. Long a master teacher of leaders, Heifetz's courses and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government have been standing-room only for years. Read this book and see why. -- Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline
Author description
Ronald Heifetz is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and Founder, Center for Public Leadership, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Table of contents
* Foreword by Richard L. Neustadt * Introduction Part I. Setting the Frame * Values in Leadership * To Lead or Mislead? * The Roots of Authority Part II. Leading with Authority * Mobilizing Adaptive Work S Applying Power * On a Razor's Edge * Failing Off the Edge Part III. Leading Without Authority * Creative Deviance on the Frontline * Modulating the Provocation Part IV. Staying Alive * Assassination * The Personal Challenge * Notes * Acknowledgments * Index
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General Fields

  • : 9780674518582
  • : Harvard University Press
  • : Belknap Press
  • : November 1994
  • : 235mm X 155mm X 22mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 303.3/4
  • : 362
  • : 2 tables, notes, index
  • : Ronald A. Heifetz