The I of Leadership: Strategies for Seeing, Being and Doing, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118567455
  • ISBN-13: 9781118567456
  • DDC: 303.3
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 50 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Nigel Nicholson explains the emergence of leaders in different epochs and cultures.  His approach is rooted in evolutionary science and the latest thinking about how cultures and leadership co-evolve over time and place.  The essence of leadership is the successful crafting of an identity that merges the leader and the surrounding culture or zeitgeist.  The I of leadership is this merger of individual and culture. Sixteen chapters present different sets of stories and challenges and illustrate how different leaders in all walks of life, have responded to critical turning points. The chapters are peppered with stories and examples from the lives of leaders, from the sports stadium to the office of the CEO.   The strategic challenge of leadership is to find the right balance between impact and versatility: shaping the world around you to fit your purposes, almost like surfing the wave of culture. A key element in this process is self-discovery -how leaders learn about their capability through experience.  Leaders fail through lack of insight - into themselves and into the worlds they inhabit.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: It Goes with the Territory – Leadership Moments.
2: Leadership in the Wild – The Evolution of Power.
3: A Very Short History of Leadership.
4: Leadership as Strategy – Situations, Processes and Qualities (SPQ).
5: Who Am I? Leadership Qualities and the Compass Question.
6: The “Eye” of Leadership – the Law of the Situation.
7: The Adaptive Leader – Leadership Processes.
8: Dynamic Leadership – Shaping and Discovery.
9: Reading the World – A Leadership Conundrum.
10: Born to Lead? Leaders Lost and Found.
11: Who’s Your Buddy? Critical Leader Relationships.
12: Destiny, Drama and Deliberation – The Lives of Leaders.
13: The “I” of Leadership – inside the Mind of the Leader.
14: Games Leaders Play – Finding the Narrative.
15: The Self-Management of Leadership – You, Others and Organization.
16: Can Leaders Save the World? Vision, Identity and Passion.