The End of Leadership

The End of Leadership

by Barbara Kellerman

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Overview

From one of the pioneers in the field of leadership studies comes a provocative reassessment of how people lead in the digital age: in The End of Leadership, Barbara Kellerman reveals a new way of thinking about leadership—and followership—in the twenty-first century. Building off of the strengths and insights of her work as a scholar and a teacher, Kellerman critically reexamines our most strongly-held assumptions about the role of leadership in driving success. Revealing which of our beliefs have become dangerously out-of-date thanks to advances in social media culture, she also calls into question the value of the so-called “leadership industry” itself. Asking whether leadership can truly be taught, Kellerman forces us to think critically and expansively about how to thrive as leaders in a global information age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062069160
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 233
Sales rank: 536,223
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was the founding executive director of the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and served as its research director. She was ranked by Forbes.com among the Top 50 Business Thinkers in 2009 and by Leadership Excellence in the top 15 of the 100 "best minds on leadership" in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 she was given the Wilbur M. McFeeley Award for her pioneering work on leadership and followership. She is author and editor of many books, including, most recently, Bad Leadership, Followership, and Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Twenty-First-Century Leadership-and Followership xiii

Part I Power Shift

1 Historical Trajectory-lessening power 3

2 Cultural Constraints-leveling the playing field 25

3 Technological Imperatives-losing control 45

Part II Shifting Sands

4 Social Contact-undermining the understanding 69

5 American Experience-downgrading leaders 97

6 Worldwide Momentum-upgrading followers 125

Part III Paradigm Shift

7 Leadership Industry-leading as mantra 153

8 Leadership Complete-leading in time 177

Notes 201

Index 221

What People are Saying About This

Deborah Rhode

“In this compelling book, Kellerman brings critical new insights to longstanding questions about the importance of leaders….essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of leadership both in theory and practice.”

Robert Kegan

“Barbara Kellerman does not play nicely with the other boys and girls-and we are all the better for it. Anyone interested in a penetrating critique of the leadership industry should read this provocative new book from our foremost leadership contrarian.”

Warren Bennis

“‘Mind the Gap’ could be the subtitle of Kellerman’s disturbingly honest and indispensable book. The ‘gap’ Kellerman urges us to mind is the hoary disconnect between what the leadership industry produces about best practices and what leaders who read our books actually practice.”

Joseph S. Nye

“After pioneering work on followership and bad leadership, now Kellerman provocatively dissects what she calls the leadership industry. She offers suggestions on how to think far bigger and more expansively if we are to cope with leading in a global information age.”

Jeffrey Pfeffer

“In this wide-ranging critique, Kellerman enumerates the numerous contradictions, inconsistencies, and irrelevance of what passes for leadership thought and training today. Before you purchase or attend any of what the multi-billion dollar leadership industry is selling, read this book!”

Rob Goffee

“A timely, considered and comprehensive examination of how leadership has changed and how and why we lost faith in leaders; how the leadership industry went wrong - and the steps needed to put it right”

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