Real Leadership

Williams shows how real leaders help people shift their values, habits, practices and priorities to accommodate changing conditions and new demands.
Dean Williams, Real Leadership - Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005.

Book description:

Much of what passes today for "good leadership" only appears effective because people are blindly following their leaders. But when organizations face tough challenges, leaders often offers false solutions and sidestep harsh realities, distracting people from the real work of progress. "Real Leadership" mobilizes people to face reality and address the organization or community's most pressing challenge - the primary threat or opportunity that must be confronted for success to unfold. Williams shows how real leaders help people shift their values, habits, practices and priorities to accommodate changing conditions and new demands.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Real Leadership: The Engine of Progress1
1Odin, Enron, and the Apes: The Challenge of Real Leadership3
2Diagnostic Work: Determining the Principal Challenge31
Part II: The Six Challenges of Real Leadership57
3The Activist Challenge: Calling Attention to a Contradiction in Values59
4The Development Challenge: Building Latent Capabilities Needed to Progress89
5The Transition Challenge: Moving from One System of Values to Another115
6The Creative Challenge: Doing Whatصs Never Been Done Before141
7The Maintenance Challenge: Sustaining What Is Essential163
8The Crisis Challenge: Leading in Perilous times189
Part III: Real Leadership in Action215
9Leading in Multiple Challenges: The Case of T.E. Lawrence217
10Moving Forward: Taking Responsibility for Yourself as an Instrument of Power243

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