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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press (Jan. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422157970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422157978
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 23 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance leadership. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $14.13, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials."

Those who authored or co-authored the ten articles in this volume do indeed provide enlightening perspectives on the dimensions of leadership. Some may ask, "Why another book on this subject?" Years ago, a colleague on the faculty at Princeton pointed out to Albert Einstein that he always asked the same questions on his final examination. Why? "Because every year the answers are different." I cannot recall a prior time when changes in the business world were more numerous and occurring faster. Core values and valuable insights that illuminate those values may remain the same but the nature and extent of possible applications of them certainly do not.

It remains for each reader of these articles to decide (a) which are most relevant to her or his needs and interests, and (b) how to derive greatest benefit from those selected. For example:

"I have found that the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It's not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant.
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By BelleH on July 8 2012
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This was an easy read. Chapters well placed. A nice collecting to read from, but I would caution that it is an initial read. After each must choose how it would apply to your life/work. This book if perfect for reading right before bed or in the late evening.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Enlightening perspectives on the dimensions of leadership Jan. 11 2011
By Robert Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance leadership. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $14.13, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials."

Those who authored or co-authored the ten articles in this volume do indeed provide enlightening perspectives on the dimensions of leadership. Some may ask, "Why another book on this subject?" Years ago, a colleague on the faculty at Princeton pointed out to Albert Einstein that he always asked the same questions on his final examination. Why? "Because every year the answers are different." I cannot recall a prior time when changes in the business world were more numerous and occurring faster. Core values and valuable insights that illuminate those values may remain the same but the nature and extent of possible applications of them certainly do not. It remains for each reader of these articles to decide (a) which are most relevant to her or his needs and interests, and (b) how to derive greatest benefit from those selected.

For example:

""I have found that the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It's not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but only as "threshold capabilities"; that is, that they are entry-level requirements for executive positions. But my research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sin qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won't make a great leader."

According to Goleman, the EI skills are Self-awareness (knowing one's strengths, weaknesses, drives, values, and impact on others), Self-regulation (controlling or redirecting disruptive I pulses and moods), motivation (relishing achievement for its own sake), ' Empathy (understanding other people's emotional makeup), Social skill (building rapport with others to move them in desired directions). Daniel Goleman, "What Makes a Great Leader?" HBR (June 1996)

Here's another excerpt in which, as in Goleman's article, the "what" and "why" are carefully explained so that readers can then determine how to apply what they have learned.
"Every company needs transformational leaders - those who spearhead changes that elevate profitability, expand market share, and change the rules of the game in their industry. But few executives understand the unique strengths needed to become such a leader. Result? They miss the opportunity to develop those strengths. They and their firms lose out." David Rooke and William R. Torbert, Seven Transformations of Leadership," HBR (April 2005)

By the way, the first five of the seven are Opportunist (Wins any way possible: self-oriented, manipulative, "might makes right"), Diplomat ("Avoids conflict: wants to belong; obeys group norms; doesn't rock the boat), Expert (Rules by logic and expertise: uses hard data to gain consensus and buy-in), and Achiever (Meets strategic goals: promotes teamwork; juggles managerial duties and responds to market demands to achieve goals). Rooke and Torbert acknowledge that the "leader's voyage of development is never an easy one" and, in fact, it involves a process rather than a destination. That said, for individuals as well as for their organizations, the action logics they embrace, Rooke and Torbert assert, can "reap rich rewards."

All of the other eight articles were also written by world-class authorities on leadership (e.g. Peter Drucker and John Kotter) and the material they provide will also be invaluable sources of information, insights, and wisdom throughout each leader's "voyage of development."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Gathering of Eagles May 22 2011
By Steve Gladis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I confess to being a Harvard Business Review junkie. In that context, you can evaluate my recommendation for their new series that includes a collection of articles under specific topics like Leadership, Change, and Strategy. Specifically, On Leadership provides the collective wisdom of a gathering of leadership eagles, such as: Daniel Goleman, Peter Drucker, John Kotter, Ronald Heifitz, Warren Bennis and Jim Collins. Each one has significantly advanced the field of leadership. For example, Goleman gave us emotional intelligence; Drucker, the knowledge worker; Kotter, change management; Heifitz, adaptive leadership; and, Collins, good-to-great leadership. So, reading the HBR's newest series is for me like sitting down for a cup of coffee with old, trusted friends who helped build the house I live in every day--leadership.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Emotional Intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership! March 25 2012
By Shefali Dua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed reading the book. A quote from the book : "Emotional Intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership". Leaders plan ahead and articulate their vision to followers. They aren'(tm)t magicians but broad-based strategic thinkers who are willing to take risks. The knack to find common ground and building a rapport is skill of a true leader.

The authors distinguish between managers as organizer and leaders as visionaries. Both have different roles to play in execution of a strategy. However at wartime, you need a competent leader at each level.

A leader is always focusing on opportunities like:
1.Unexpected success or failure
2.A gap between what and what could be in the market process
3.Innovation
4.Demographics
5.Change in mind sets
6.New technology

Hallmarks of a leader
1.Self-confidence, realistic assessment, sense of humor
2.Trustworthiness and integrity, comfort with ambiguity, open to change
3.Strong drive to achieve
4.Expert in building and retaining talent
5.Persuasiveness

Key Points on developing as leader
1. Know Thyself, Improve self-regulation, Develop empathy and social skills
2.Self-aware people find work to energize & readily admit failures
3.A leader has propensity of reflection and thoughtfulness;
4.A comfort level with ambiguity and change, integrity and ability to say no
5.No leader is an island; Social leader will allow emotional intelligence to work
6.The best opportunities matched to the best people (huge HR operation); Key success for Japanese businesses
7.Level 5 Leadership (Executive) is a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great articles but not formatted well for the Kindle Aug. 16 2012
By AF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great collection of useful and insightful articles. That said, shame on HBR and Amazon for not paying more attention to the formatting. There is no table of contents, so you cannot see up front what the articles are or navigate easily through them. Furthermore, some of the tables and other inset material is not formatted for the Kindle so it break awkwardly across screens and is hard to bookmark. I expected more from the e-book version. I might just as well have saved myself the money and hunted down the individual articles in PDF format through my employer's library!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good one, dense at times.. Dec 26 2013
By rpv - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this as part of a larger collection of 6 books. This is a collection of several articles on size different series. The book is not standard size. It is more like the Reader's digest style papers. The books are categorized on various areas. It contains lot of papers not necessarily connected to each other. The advantage is one can read in any order. I found it lacked a cohesion and some of them may be not relevant to current context and age. definitely one always learns something from the pundits, but I found it is too broadminded and lacked any sort of exercise or mind exercises.

Overall it is a good read but dense at times and difficult to focus with too many thoughts.

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