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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: (Nov. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557007593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557007592
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac37900) out of 5 stars Enlightening Book on Modern Leadership March 16 2009
By Elijah Chingosho - Published on
Format: Paperback
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methodically and in simple language explains the concept of leadership from below, highlighting the need to discard the outdated hierarchical or position based leadership practices.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
HASH(0x9aade5ac) out of 5 stars Interesting guide to Generation Y leadership Jan. 19 2009
By sigvarte - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aac3660) out of 5 stars Leadership for everyone, as it should be... Jan. 19 2009
By Barbara Larson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aade54c) out of 5 stars A new generation of leaders are being bred Feb. 9 2009
By Marian Slettebakken - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"A new generation of leaders are being bred - one that favours freedom, free flow of ideas, and access to information. "

After reading "Leadership from below" by PhD Trond Arne Undheim there is one thought strongly present in my head: As a leader I shall never stand still, yet I shall always be grounded.

I am not a big fan of books about leadership. This is because I prefer learning by practising and discussing with other leaders. But mostly because the books I have read have been quite boring and very superficial to me, filled with fancy words and little substance. This one is different. It is concrete and it is useful. Why is that?

"Leadership from below" makes me aware of the new generation of knowledge workers. I am part of the generation myself, but still I find it interesting to read about what is characteristic about the new type of leaders. Maybe it is exactly because I am part of it? In either way it is important to realize that I as a leader will become increasingly challenged as time goes by. The "internet generation" will never accept me as a leader by position and formal authority, but only when I deliver by practise I can deserve to lead and have their respect. "Leadership from below" is useful for me as a leader to understand the dynamics of the people and groups I may lead. But this book takes it further.

Not only do I understand that leaders from below, conscious, resourceful people in the organization will challenge my position and take informal leadership to new heights - the book also makes me positively aware of my own possibilities facing leaders above myself. In this way the book is just great, giving concrete advice about how to take responsibility and gain important influence. Some examples: techniques for speed-reading and how to get access to networks and people, the importance of thinking and presenting both oral and written, how to make teams successful, how to master mobility and technology and advices for leadership in software companies with the culture "no meetings please!". Not to mention the fascinating logic of open source where everyone must have potential for leadership.

The book covers a wide span of issues important within modern leadership. What makes it really interesting is the combination of western and eastern learning's.

"To engage in leadership from below...includes being aware of Asian principles like ba, Zen, feng shui, kanso and ki and following Scandinavian egalitarian, collective, open, and gender-neutral practices, working both with network and hierarchy..."

Can everyone become a leader? I think not. But many have potential, and a good way to start can be trough informal positions from below. It takes not only personality, but also skills. And skills can be learned. Important though, is reflection and self-consciousness.

"Leadership from below" is a book I will return to and look up certain chapters. Refreshing my thought. Become once again inspired. And remembering to take time by myself, time for reflection and recharging my energy. So I can go on and work to become what I believe in; a dedicated, always learning, always moving, interested, authentic and enthusiastic leader.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae36330) out of 5 stars Overdue Book For Leading The Next Generation March 10 2009
By Terry Kyle - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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