Leadership for a Fractured World

How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change

Dean Williams (Author)

Publication date: 01/21/2015

Leadership for a Fractured World

Leaders today-whether in corporations or associations, nonprofits or nations-face massive, messy, multidimensional problems. No one person or group can possibly solve them-they require the broadest possible cooperation. But, says Harvard scholar Dean Williams, our leadership models are still essentially tribal: individuals with formal authority leading in the interest of their own group. In this deeply needed new book, he outlines an approach that enables leaders to transcend internal and external boundaries and help people to collaborate, even people over whom they technically have no power.

Drawing on what he's learned from years of working in countries and organizations around the world, Williams shows leaders how to approach the delicate and creative work of boundary spanning, whether those boundaries are cultural, organizational, political, geographic, religious, or structural. Sometimes leaders themselves have to be the ones who cross the boundaries between groups. Other times, a leader's job is to build relational bridges between divided groups or even to completely break down the boundaries that block collaborative problem solving. By thinking about power and authority in a different way, leaders will become genuine change agents, able to heal wounds, resolve conflicts, and bring a fractured world together.

Read more...

Formats
Paperback - $24.95 - Members: $22.46
Paperback - $24.95 - Members: $22.46
ePub - $24.95 - Members: $17.47
PDF eBook - $24.95 - Members: $17.47
Audio Book - $19.95 - Members: $13.97
Quantity
1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
   
Book Details
Overview

Leaders today-whether in corporations or associations, nonprofits or nations-face massive, messy, multidimensional problems. No one person or group can possibly solve them-they require the broadest possible cooperation. But, says Harvard scholar Dean Williams, our leadership models are still essentially tribal: individuals with formal authority leading in the interest of their own group. In this deeply needed new book, he outlines an approach that enables leaders to transcend internal and external boundaries and help people to collaborate, even people over whom they technically have no power.

Drawing on what he's learned from years of working in countries and organizations around the world, Williams shows leaders how to approach the delicate and creative work of boundary spanning, whether those boundaries are cultural, organizational, political, geographic, religious, or structural. Sometimes leaders themselves have to be the ones who cross the boundaries between groups. Other times, a leader's job is to build relational bridges between divided groups or even to completely break down the boundaries that block collaborative problem solving. By thinking about power and authority in a different way, leaders will become genuine change agents, able to heal wounds, resolve conflicts, and bring a fractured world together.

About the Author
Endorsements
Table of Contents
Excerpt

We also recommend

The Real-Time Revolution

Time has become a precious commodity, so business leaders who can save their customers’ time more effectively than compet...

How to Be an Inclusive Leader

We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work? Diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brow...

The Economics of Higher Purpose

Two distinguished scholars offer eight steps to help organizations discover and embrace an authentic higher purpose—somet...

Why Digital Transformations Fail

Former Procter & Gamble Vice President for IT and Shared Services, Tony Saldanha gives you the keys to a successful d...