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Leading Coherently
Reflections From Leaders Around the World



May 2005 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Leading Coherently references leadership wisdom born of rich experience from a very diverse group of credible and respected leaders.

Providing valuable insight into how effective leadership is formed, performed and sustained it describes elements of leadership formation, performance and sustainability that cut across gender, culture and context.

Observing dynamic relationships between leadership values, character, behaviour and dispositions, it presents a model for assessing, and advancing coherent leadership.

This book presents practical examples of how real-world leaders advance the coherency of their leadership practice and invites and supports active reader participation in a reflective conversation with 36 exemplary leaders.

 
Prologue: The Quest
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction: Talking Leadership
Talking Story

 
Storytellers

 
Storylines

 
 
Part One: Leadership Formed
 
1. Exemplary Formations
Profiles

 
Government Leaders

 
Non-profit Organization Leaders

 
K-12 Educational Leaders

 
Public Health Leaders

 
Foreign Service Leaders

 
Justice System Leaders

 
Hospitality Industry Leaders

 
Higher Education Leaders

 
Corporate Leaders

 
Fine and Applied Arts Leaders

 
 
2. Values and Calling
Shaped

 
Formed More Than Born

 
Formed by Family and Community

 
Formed By Culture And Context

 
Formed By Mentors

 
Called

 
Called By Adversity

 
Called By Opportunity

 
Called By Early Work Experience

 
Lessons Learned

 
 
3. Commitment
Committed

 
Committed Through Confidence

 
Committed Through Consequence

 
Compelled

 
Compelled By Predisposition

 
Compelled By Need And Opportunity

 
Lessons Learned

 
Lessons Learned About Becoming Committed

 
Lessons Learned About Being Compelled To Lead

 
A Lesson Within The Lessons

 
 
Part Two: Leadership Performed
 
4. Value Aligned
The performance Story

 
Performed As Formed

 
Embedded In Character

 
Acted Out In Behavior

 
Connected To Capacity

 
Lessons Learned

 
 
5. In Character
Performance Through Force Of Character

 
Humble

 
Respectful

 
Empathetic

 
Trustworthy

 
Passionate

 
Focused

 
Straightforward

 
Tough

 
Contemplative

 
Visionary

 
Meditative

 
Lessons Learned

 
 
6. Acted Out
Performed Across Fields Of Behavior

 
Community Building

 
Acclimating

 
Matching

 
Empowering

 
Teaming

 
Centering

 
Dialoguing

 
Modeling

 
Thinking

 
Informing

 
Challenging

 
Lessons Learned

 
 
7. Capacity Connected
Performed Toward Key Connections

 
A Social Connection

 
Meant for Each Other

 
Subject To Leadership Influence

 
An Emotional Connection

 
Moved By The Moment

 
Subject to Leadership Influence

 
A Reflective Connection

 
Manipulated To Advantage

 
Subject To Leadership Influence

 
Lessons Learned

 
 
Part Three: Leadership Sustained
 
8. Sustaining Dispositions
The Nature of Dispositions

 
As We Are Disposed, So It Goes

 
The Backbone Of Leadership

 
Seven Defining Dispositions

 
Lessons Learned

 
Stepping Up To Sustainability

 
Extending Coherence

 
 
9. Sustaining Strategies
Nurturing Self

 
Seven Sustaining Strategies

 
 
Part Four: Leadership Learned
 
10. A Coherent Story
The Bottom Line

 
Know and Nurture the Core

 
Lead Congruently

 
Compound Capacity

 
Expand Consequence

 
A Model Of Coherent Leadership

 
 
11. An Ongoing Conversation
The Class Act

 
The Current State

 
The Preferred State

 
The Continuing Conversation

 
 
Epilogue: The Quest
 
References

Will consider for next revision process.

Dr Mary Weber
Ctr for new Learning, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
March 22, 2013

I entirely agree with Northouse's comment on the cover which suggests this material "would work well in a leadership course that is designed to be practical and self-help orientated". I dipped into this book to get a feel for the content and found myself hooked. Genuine food for thought.

Mrs Hazel Beadle
CPD, Chichester University
August 23, 2010

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