Creating Leaderful Organizations

How to Bring Out Leadership in Everyone

Joseph Raelin (Author)

Publication date: 02/12/2003

Creating Leaderful Organizations
The times demand a new style of leadership. Employees today are highly trained and independent-they can offer much more to an enterprise than simply their obedience. And with the relationship between worker and organization constantly changing, no one person will likely be able to lead alone. Creating Leaderful Organizations presents a paradigm of leadership tailored to our times, one that is based on mutual-rather than heroic-leadership.

It is not merely consultative, with leaders graciously allowing followers to participate in leadership, nor is it a stewardship approach in which the leader occasionally steps aside to allow others to take over temporarily. It is a revolutionary new approach that transforms leadership from an individual property to a collective responsibility. Raelin details how "leaderful" practice can accomplish the critical processes of leadership more effectively than any existing approach. And using actual examples from leading-edge organizations, he offers practical guidance for assessing your own and others' leaderful predisposition, preparing for leaderful practice, distributing leadership roles, and dealing with resistance to change.
  • Outlines a revolutionary new approach to leadership that is better able to respond to organizational turbulence, meet customer expectations, maintain employee commitment, and unleash creativity
  • Shows why leadership must be concurrent-with two or more people leading simultaneously-if organizations are to flourish
  • Includes examples of this new approach in action from some of today's most progressive organizations -- the Peace Corps, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Virgin, Harley-Davidson, and The New Yorker.

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Overview
The times demand a new style of leadership. Employees today are highly trained and independent-they can offer much more to an enterprise than simply their obedience. And with the relationship between worker and organization constantly changing, no one person will likely be able to lead alone. Creating Leaderful Organizations presents a paradigm of leadership tailored to our times, one that is based on mutual-rather than heroic-leadership.

It is not merely consultative, with leaders graciously allowing followers to participate in leadership, nor is it a stewardship approach in which the leader occasionally steps aside to allow others to take over temporarily. It is a revolutionary new approach that transforms leadership from an individual property to a collective responsibility. Raelin details how "leaderful" practice can accomplish the critical processes of leadership more effectively than any existing approach. And using actual examples from leading-edge organizations, he offers practical guidance for assessing your own and others' leaderful predisposition, preparing for leaderful practice, distributing leadership roles, and dealing with resistance to change.
  • Outlines a revolutionary new approach to leadership that is better able to respond to organizational turbulence, meet customer expectations, maintain employee commitment, and unleash creativity
  • Shows why leadership must be concurrent-with two or more people leading simultaneously-if organizations are to flourish
  • Includes examples of this new approach in action from some of today's most progressive organizations -- the Peace Corps, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Virgin, Harley-Davidson, and The New Yorker.
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