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Leadership from Below [Hardcover]

Trond Arne Undheim

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Book Description

Nov. 1 2008
The Internet generation of interculturally minded, socially networked leaders is redefining the workplace. Management is slow to respond. Asian philosophy - with concepts like ba, Zen, feng shui, and ki - is becoming increasingly important for tomorrow's leader. Blend that with the Scandinavian mindset of egalitarianism, openness, and gender equity, add sophisticated use of network effects and you begin to understand the true logic of Internet in the workplace. Cultural diversity and technological dependence are global trends that demand constant attention. Know: - How to lead without being the leader - How to adapt quickly to change - How to thrive on diversity - How to be a trendsetter in technology - How to be on top but still have a life.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (Nov. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557007593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557007592
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Book on Modern Leadership March 16 2009
By Elijah Chingosho - Published on Amazon.com
The book enlightens readers about leadership from below to practice to enable them to be great leaders. The author methodically and in simple language explains the concept of leadership from below, highlighting the need to discard the outdated hierarchical or position based leadership practices. Using examples and anecdotes, the author persuasively explains the emerging leadership concept which takes into account, among other things, the current and future highly dynamic environment characterized by unrelenting pace of technological change, workforce and societal diversity and intense competition.

Dr Trond Arne Undheim did a commendable job of coming up with an interesting and insightful book which is accessible and easy to understand by a wide audience. With globalization, climate change among other things being buzz words, this book equips the reader with the leadership tools that enables them to adapt and effectively and sensitively deal with the challenges. Among the things that I liked best about the book are the author's persuasive advice for us to continuously learn new skills, to build a network of relationships, to use effective teams including virtual ones for optimal results, to be empathetic to the needs of others particularly team members and clients and also to make technology our own.

"Leadership from Below" is a well written, authored by an erudite and experienced practitioner. The book, which is based on Scandinavian egalitarian, open and gender-neutral practices and which takes into account some Asian principles such as ba, feng, kanso, ki and shui is very enlightening and helpful. It is simple, clear, and gives ideas that are sensible and workable. It helps leaders create a work environment which is fun while being highly productive, guided by shared values rather than rules, free flow of information and ideas and people doing what they enjoy.

I will certainly use this knowledge in refining my leadership and management expertise. This is a very useful book for the leadership novice and veteran alike as well as those that may wish to learn to be effective team players.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership for everyone, as it should be... Jan. 19 2009
By Barbara Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Leadership from Below presents an important set of skills and concepts that anyone can use to maximize his or her potential influence and impact in an organization. Great for business, but applies well to academia, government, professional organizations, etc. Undheim shares anecdotes to illustrate his points, and adds a review of key lessons at the end of each chapter, making the reading quite accessible. I really loved the chapter on speed-reading - this is such an important skill in the Information Age, and yet how often do you see this in a business book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting guide to Generation Y leadership Jan. 19 2009
By sigvarte - Published on Amazon.com
Being a product of Generation Y myself, I recognized the ideas and examples presented in this book from my own experiences. 'Leadership from below' is a survival guide in management of the new generation multicultural, meritocratic and collaborative workforce. Undheim presents very good insight into how to make new technology your friend and maximize its benefits in a work environment of information overflow. His analysis also gives a framework for understanding the collaborative nature of the emerging workforce in a multicultural context, using real-life examples ranging from Open Source software companies to European bureaucracy. In sum its a very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new and unique workplace is emerging, and "Leadership from Below" is a solid manual for understanding it March 17 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The time of totalitarian business leadership has been over for ages. "Leadership from Below: How the Internet Generation Redefines the Workplace" is a look at cultural diversity and how it greatly impacts the world of business. Concepts and ideas rapidly change the interiors of companies, and as such, leadership has become less of a thing done by leaders but more of an idea. A new and unique workplace is emerging, and "Leadership from Below" is a solid manual for understanding it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overdue Book For Leading The Next Generation March 10 2009
By Terry Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
What I really appreciate about Trond Undheim's "Leadership from Below" is that it doesn't simply follow tired, dysfunctional and broken old ideologies - ideologies that have led humanity, including business, into the current mess that we are in.

If business and political leaders could embrace the ideas, models and case studies laid out in this book rather than slavishly obeying ideologies, the process of economic, cultural and spiritual healing would be greatly accelerated.

In a world of despair, glimmers of hope like the recent overwhelming result for Obama and paradigm-changing books like this one suggest that broad and lasting positive change is possible.

In short, if you're serious about your current leadership role or aspire to that in the future, then you need to add this title to your bookshelf. It's that simple.

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