Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges


By (author) Dean Williams

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  • Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 31mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1576753433
  • ISBN 13: 9781576753439
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 286,605

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In ""Real Leadership, Dean Williams argues that any leadership that lets people sidestep the sometimes harsh truth of reality is irresponsible -- and ultimately ineffective. He then offers a new paradigm that redefines the proper function and purpose of leadership: responsible leadership. This approach, he says, gets people to face difficult realities, and mobilizes them to address their organization's most pressing challenge -- the primary threat or opportunity that must be confronted in order to progress. Responsible leaders help people shift their values, habits, practices, and priorities to accommodate changing conditions and new demands. Williams contends that leaders must have a passion for insight and an unrelenting commitment to discovery -- discovery about the context and specific features of the challenges people face, and discovery about how their power affects the group in their problem-solving ventures. Case studies and real-life examples, some drawn from the author's personal experiences, illustrate responsible leadership at work.

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Author information

Dean Williams earned his Doctorate and Master's degrees from Harvard University where he studied organisational change and leadership development. Today, he teaches leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Willaims has consulted to governments and businesses around the world.