Leadership for a Fractured World (Audio)

How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change

Dean Williams (Author) | Kevin Pierce (Narrated by)

Publication date: 02/01/2015

Leadership for a Fractured World (Audio)
Harvard University faculty member Dean Williams draws on a decade of working with organizations around the world to show how leaders can cross the boundaries that divide us—vital in a world that it more interdependent than ever but still badly fractured by cultural, ideological, and political divisions.
  • Extraordinary knowledge base: Williams interviewed fifteen world leaders for this book, including Shimon Peres, Lee Kuan Yew, Lech Wałęsa, Mary Robinson, and the Dalai Lama, and over 200 leaders in government, business, and NGOs.
  • New leadership for a new era: Top-down, command and control leadership can't solve the kinds of interconnected problems we face today-Williams's model enables leaders to cross boundaries between siloed groups and bring about change, even when they have no formal power over those they are leading or collaborating with.

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.

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Harvard University faculty member Dean Williams draws on a decade of working with organizations around the world to show how leaders can cross the boundaries that divide us—vital in a world that it more interdependent than ever but still badly fractured by cultural, ideological, and political divisions.
  • Extraordinary knowledge base: Williams interviewed fifteen world leaders for this book, including Shimon Peres, Lee Kuan Yew, Lech Wałęsa, Mary Robinson, and the Dalai Lama, and over 200 leaders in government, business, and NGOs.
  • New leadership for a new era: Top-down, command and control leadership can't solve the kinds of interconnected problems we face today-Williams's model enables leaders to cross boundaries between siloed groups and bring about change, even when they have no formal power over those they are leading or collaborating with.

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.

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