From Publishers Weekly
When we think of great leaders, it's usually the charismatic, globally influential Churchill, Patton, Jack Welch who spring to mind. But as Harvard Business School professor Badaracco (Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right) correctly points out, everyday leadership is not so dramatic, and daily leadership decisions are rarely carried out at the top of an organization. Badaracco focuses here is on helping the middle- and senior-level managers who make the ordinary decisions that ultimately determine an organization's success. As he puts it: "What usually matters are careful, thoughtful, small, practical efforts by people working far from the limelight. In short, quiet leadership is what moves and changes the world." Out of a four-year study of these real-life leaders, Badaracco describes eight strategies for making effective leadership decisions in murky situations where the "right" thing is far from obvious. The strategies range from the commonsensical (truly examine the question at hand; don't ignore corporate politics) to the counterintuitive (don't expect to be wholly altruistic and accept that some of your motives are self-interested; try not to make important decisions as quickly as possible). Badaracco presents each principle with a brief introduction, followed by a case study and summary of the lessons to be learned. The sum is a useful checklist middle-level managers can put to work immediately.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
Presenting a new approach to leadership and ethics, this alternative guide is about exercising quiet moral authority in everyday situations. Makes the case that creative, practical approaches to everyday ethical choices are the essence of effective leadership. Provides a toolkit for quiet leaders, laying out a framework for action with eight counterintuitive strategies for making ethical decisions. Grounds each strategy in an engaging case study, showing leaders resolving (or failing to resolve) difficult problems. Includes surprising answers and counterintuitive approaches to doing the right thing that include recognizing your own self-interest, buying time, and bending the rules. Badaracco is a trusted authority on business ethics and leadership.