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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.
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.See all Product Description
Joseph Badaracco reminds us that the best leaders are not highly visible "heroes" who single-handedly set things right with dramatic deeds on center stage. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2013 by John M. Ford
Instead of Leading Quietly, this book should have been titled "Manuevering Quietly." It discusses the nuts and bolts of approaching problems without falling on your... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Kelly Hahn
This is not a book for leaders. I'm not sure who this book is for. Mr. Badaracco seems to find many of the ordinary human aspects of business startlingly unique, and is pleased... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Oh no, Amazon!
It intially grabs you and provides great insight but I found that as the book went along it lost it's nuggets. Read morePublished on June 28 2003
Written with a sound emphasis on ethics and procedures, this book is outstanding. Make sure you read all of it.Published on May 6 2003
If you're looking for a peppy guide to lead you into leadership, don't buy this book. The premise of this book is that leadership is not an easy task, leaders don't have easy... Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Schrade
"Leading Quietly" is the result of a professional five year study on leadership by Joseph Badaracco. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002 by R. Stockton
Contains some interesting observation by the author but the book is very academic with very little practicable advice.Published on Sept. 19 2002
I was very disappointed in this effort from a Harvard Business School professor. Not only did I think that this book would deal with the ethics of leadership, I also was expecting... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2002 by beapositive1