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Leadership Without Easy Answers (edition 1998)

by Ronald Heifetz

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Title:Leadership Without Easy Answers
Authors:Ronald Heifetz
Info:Harvard University Press (1998), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 348 pages
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Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz



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The single most important book on leadership for formal or informal leaders to read and reread. The same is true for followers. Every time I dip back in, I find it ever more relevant both to my own role and responsibilities and to the political scene. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
Ronald Heifetz is a wonderfully deep thinker in the area of leadership and has a number of books out on the topic. This was his breakthrough book. In it, he presents a new theory of leadership for both public and private leaders in tackling complex contemporary problems, ones that tend to be impervious to simple answers such as crime, poverty, and educational reform, which require innovative approaches and courageous effort. Four major strategies of leadership are identified: to approach problems as adaptive challenges by diagnosing the situation in light of the values involved and avoiding authoritative solutions, to regulate the level of stress caused by confronting issues, to focus on relevant issues, and to shift responsibility for problems from the leader to all the primary stakeholders. Together these approaches offer an appropriately complex and systemic way of understanding and leading large complex change.
  KeithMerron | Aug 10, 2009 |
THE book to read if you work with "diverse" populations ( )
  beau.p.laurence | Jul 23, 2006 |
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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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