Drawing on a dozen years of research among managers, officers and politicians in the public realm and the private sector, among the non-profits, and in teaching, Heifetz presents clear, concrete prescriptions for anyone who needs to take the lead in almost any situation, under almost any organizational conditions, no matter who's in charge. His strategy of leadership applies not only to people at the top but also to those who must lead without authority - activists as well as presidents, managers as well as workers on the frontline. Here are Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi, in triumph and in tragedy. Here too are military officers and soldiers, doctors and patients, college students, and local civic groups.
Ronald Heifetz is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and Founder, Center for Public Leadership, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
* Foreword by Richard L. Neustadt * Introduction Part I. Setting the Frame * Values in Leadership * To Lead or Mislead? * The Roots of Authority Part II. Leading with Authority * Mobilizing Adaptive Work S Applying Power * On a Razor's Edge * Failing Off the Edge Part III. Leading Without Authority * Creative Deviance on the Frontline * Modulating the Provocation Part IV. Staying Alive * Assassination * The Personal Challenge * Notes * Acknowledgments * Index