Leadership on the Line

Leadership on the Line

Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change

Book - 2017
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To lead is to live dangerously. It's romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disrupting the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there's a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn't have to be that way say renowned leadership experts Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. In Leadership on the Line, they show how it's possible to make a difference without getting "taken out" or pushed aside. They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival. Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether you're a parent or a politician, a CEO or a community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: ©2017
Boston, Massachusetts :, Harvard Business School Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781633692831
Characteristics: xxv, 252 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Linsky, Martin - Author
Contents: Part One. The challenge: The heart of danger
The faces of danger
Part Two. The response: Get on the balcony
Think politically
Orchestrate the conflict
Give the work back
Hold steady
Part Three. Body and soul: Manage your hungers
Anchor yourself
What's on the line?
Sacred heart.
Summary: To lead is to live dangerously. It's romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disrupting the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there's a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn't have to be that way say renowned leadership experts Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. In Leadership on the Line, they show how it's possible to make a difference without getting "taken out" or pushed aside. They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival. Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether you're a parent or a politician, a CEO or a community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.-- Provided by publisher.

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Jun 01, 2017

Great insights into making change within an organization. Also, good insights into having the self-awareness and system-awareness to really make an impact in a company culture.

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