Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald A. HeifetzLeadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald A. Heifetz

Leadership Without Easy Answers

byRonald A. Heifetz

Hardcover | July 22, 1998

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The economy uncertain, education in decline, cities under siege, crime and poverty spiraling upward, international relations roiling: we look to leaders for solutions, and when they don't deliver, we simply add their failure to our list of woes. In doing do, we do them and ourselves a grave disservice. We are indeed facing an unprecedented crisis of leadership, Ronald Heifetz avows, but it stems as much from our demands and expectations as from any leader's inability to meet them. His book gets at both of these problems, offering a practical approach to leadership for those who lead as well as those who look to them for answers. Fitting the theory and practice of leadership to our extraordinary times, the book promotes a new social contract, a revitalization of our civic life just when we most need it.

Drawing on a dozen years of research among managers, officers, and politicians in the public realm and the private sector, among the nonprofits, and in teaching, Heifetz presents clear, concrete prescriptions for anyone who needs to take the lead in almost any situation, under almost any organizational conditions, no matter who is in charge, His strategy applies not only to people at the top but also to those who must lead without authority--activists as well as presidents, managers as well as workers on the front line.

Ronald Heifetz directs the Leadership Education Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Title:Leadership Without Easy AnswersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.87 inPublished:July 22, 1998Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674518586

ISBN - 13:9780674518582

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must! This excellent book takes organizational culture and the difficulties of change seriously. This is applicable for those facing situations where people will have to change their perspective on their organization's life. A must. I use it in teaching leadership to clergy.
Date published: 2000-08-29

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    by Richard L. Neustadt
  • Introduction

    Part I. Setting the Frame

  1. Values in Leadership
  2. To Lead or Mislead?
  3. The Roots of Authority
  4. Part II. Leading with Authority

  5. Mobilizing Adaptive Work S Applying Power
  6. On a Razor's Edge
  7. Failing Off the Edge
  8. Part III. Leading Without Authority

  9. Creative Deviance on the Frontline
  10. Modulating the Provocation
  11. Part IV. Staying Alive

  12. Assassination
  13. The Personal Challenge
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

From Our Editors

Ronald A. Heifetz, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, presents clear, concrete strategies for anyone who needs to take charge--no matter what the organizational conditions. Drawing on a dozen years of research among business leaders and politicians, Heifetz demonstrates what one must do--and avoid doing--to be a leader in an age without easy answers

Editorial Reviews

Leadership Without Easy Answers is a masterwork of great subtlety, and of punch and practicality. Leadership is not value-free, Mr. Heifetz writes...[The author puts] soul and values squarely back into a vital topic, leadership.Leadership without Easy Answers should go a long way toward clearing up many confusions about leadership. Long a master teacher of leaders, Heifetz's courses and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government have been standing-room only for years. Read this book and see why.