Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader

Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader

by Warren G. Bennis, Joan Goldsmith

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Overview

From leadership expert Warren Bennis, a workbook to help anyone reach their full potential as a leader.

Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith maintain that leaders are not born, they are made-in fact, anyone can develop the skills to transform their lives and their organizations. In Learning to Lead, these leadership experts have created a program that enables students, staff, managers, executives, public servants, and professionals to discover their own leadership voice.

In these pages Bennis and Goldsmith offer the wisdom of world leaders, tools for self-assessment, and exercises for building leadership skills. These lessons enable readers to recognize false leadership myths, translate failures into springboards for creativity, and communicate personal visions that inspire others to produce extraordinary results.

An immensely useful workbook and a powerful reformulation of the nature of leadership, Learning to Lead is an invaluable guide to driving your own success and inspiring it in others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465004324
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 305,627
Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Warren Bennis (1925 - 2014) was an American scholar, organizational consultant, and author, who was widely regarded as the pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership. He served as Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California, as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and as a consultant to multinational companies and governments throughout the world.

In 2007, BusinessWeek called him one of ten business school professors who have had the greatest influence on business thinking. He has received twenty honorary degrees and has served on numerous boards of advisors. He authored dozens of articles and over thirty books on leadership, including On Becoming a Leader and Organizing Genius.

Table of Contents

Preface xi(10)
Acknowledgments xxi
Chapter 1--Leadership for a Successful Future
1(20)
The Future Is in Their Hands
1(2)
The Integrity of Leadership
3(1)
Leaders, Not Managers
4(1)
Trust, Plus Vision, Plus Meaning
5(1)
The Buried Treasure
6(1)
An Empowered Work Force
6(1)
Leadership Can Be Learned
7(2)
The Learning Plan of This Workbook
9(1)
The Distinctions between Manager and Leader--An Exercise
9(5)
Your Leadership Assessment--An Exercise
14(1)
Leadership Assessment Inventory--An Exercise
15(3)
Your Leadership Agenda--An Exercise
18(3)
Chapter 2--How to Use This Workbook
21(20)
The Reinvention of Self
21(2)
Leadership of Your Own Life
23(1)
The Inner Voice
24(2)
Self-Reflection
26(1)
Personal Values for Effective Leaders--An Exercise
26(7)
Personal Goals for Leaders--An Exercise
33(2)
Group Leadership--An Exercise
35(2)
Qualities That Support Group Leadership Development--An Exercise
37(4)
Chapter 3--The Leadership Crisis
41(28)
The Loss of Leaders
41(3)
The Leadership Crisis
44(1)
Leaders from the Past--An Exercise
45(6)
Leadership Myths--An Exercise
51(4)
The Leadership Gap?--An Exercise
56(4)
Leaders in Our Families--An Exercise
60(4)
Leaders in Our Organization--An Exercise
64(5)
Chapter 4--Knowing Yourself
69(30)
The Beginning
69(2)
The Shift in the Leadership Paradigm
71(2)
Leaders Are Made by Learning How to Learn--An Exercise
73(5)
Learning Modes--An Exercise
78(2)
A Learning Style Presentation--An Exercise
80(2)
Failure--The Springboard of Hope
82(2)
Patterns of Failure--An Exercise
84(8)
Leadership Checklist--An Exercise
92(3)
The Lifeline--An Exercise
95(4)
Chapter 5--Creating and Communicating a Vision
99(20)
A Passionate Commitment to Vision
99(3)
Alignment of Others to Your Vision
102(3)
Your Organizational Vision--An Exercise
105(6)
You in Your Vision--An Exercise
111(5)
Communication and Your Vision--An Exercise
116(3)
Chapter 6--Maintaining Trust through Integrity
119(24)
Trust and Organizational Effectiveness
119(2)
Qualities of Leadership--An Exercise
121(2)
Support through Empathy
123(2)
The Practice of Empathy--An Exercise
125(7)
Trust through Consistent Integrity
132(3)
Your Ethical Ten Commandments--An Exercise
135(4)
The Integrity Gap--An Exercise
139(4)
Chapter 7--Realizing Intention through Action
143(24)
A Self-Assessment Prior to Action
144(2)
Your Goals Statement--An Exercise
146(2)
Commitment and Desire as Requisites for Action
148(2)
Commitments and Desires--An Exercise
150(3)
Strategic Thinking
153(2)
The Strategy Map--An Exercise
155(6)
Power to Achieve Your Goals--Exercises
161(4)
Empowerment: A Conclusion
165(2)
Books on Leadership: An Annotated Bibliography 167(10)
References 177(4)
Index 181

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Doug Willmore, Chief Administrative Officer, Salt Lake County
Learning to Lead is one of the finest books for leaders that I have ever had the opportunity to read. Grounded in proven theory, yet written in action, Bennis and Goldsmith have given anyone who aspires to lead more powerfully and more effectively, a pathway to follow. The pathway they lay out requires work and thought, yet it also calls for the best that you have to give – and as such, has allowed for new levels of self-expression, authenticity, and effectiveness in my own leadership. Clear and concise, yet not simple, it is a book that I will return to again and again.”

Catherine Houser, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, MTV Networks
“They say leaders are born, but leadership is a skill that's bred. Learning to Lead is full of smart, practical thinking on how to unlock the potential for greatness that lies within all of us.”

Raz Ingrasci, President & CEO, Hoffman Institute
“Outstanding leaders effectively embrace the paradox of a path that is equal parts inner wisdom and outward action. Now, just when the demand for excellence is greatest, this modern classic by Goldsmith and Bennis gives leaders of every stripe direct access to great mastery from one who knows you perfectly in your highest aspirations – YOURSELF. Live with this book. Use it to recalibrate your inner compass as you step boldly forward into the greatest adventure of your life.”

Tuscon Citizen
“This definitive and practical guide to leadership, now in its revised and updated fourth edition, is especially important in our current work environment of crisis and uncertainty. The ability to develop competent leaders is, without a doubt, one of our society’s most pressing concerns. This handy workbook is filled with wisdom from the world’s most insightful and accomplished leaders and includes useful self-assessments and dozens of interactive skill-building exercises.”

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