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Real Leadership

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Real Leadership by Dean Williams
Hardcover $31.95
Oct 16, 2005 | ISBN 9781576753439

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“Williams has thoroughly encapsulated the art and practice of real leadership. This is not just another leadership book—but a well-developed set of theories and best practices, reinforced through excellent historical examples and cases, that strengthens leaders at all levels.”
—Marshall Carter, Chairman, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

“A wise and capacious book on the real challenges of leadership. Williams writes with a rare and unique global perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot.”
—Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader

“Individuals can make a difference, particularly if they are willing to exercise real leadership. I welcome the broad and refreshing approach Williams adopts, which should help to foster new leadership.”
—Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

“In this fresh, provocative book, Dean Williams sets forth a sweeping and different view of ‘real leadership’ …. He brings to these pages a rich accumulation of insights. Whether or not you agree with him, this book deserves your close attention.”
—David Gergen, Former adviser to five U.S. presidents, and Director, Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Table Of Contents


PART 1 Real Leadership: The Engine of Progress
1. Odin, Enron, and the Apes: Distinguishing Real Leadership from Counterfeit Leadership
2. Diagnostic Work: Determining the Principal Challenge

PART 2 The Six Challenges of Real Leadership
3. The Activist Challenge: Calling Attention to a Contradiction in Values
4. The Development Challenge: Cultivating the Latent Capabilities Needed to Progress
5. The Transition Challenge: Moving from One System of Values to Another
6. The Maintenance Challenge: Protecting and Sustaining What Is Essential during Hard Times
7. The Creative Challenge: Doing What Has Never Been Done Before
8. The Crisis Challenge: Leading in a Period of Extreme Danger

PART 3 Real Leadership in Action
9. Leading in Multiple Challenges: The Case of T. E. Lawrence
10. Odin, the Samurai, and You: Taking Responsibility for Yourself as an Instrument of Power
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