Why Should Anyone be Led by You?: What it Takes to be an Authentic Leader

Why Should Anyone be Led by You?: What it Takes to be an Authentic Leader

Hardback Harvard Business School Press

By (author) Robert Goffee, By (author) Gareth Jones

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  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 30mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 1578519713
  • ISBN 13: 9781578519712
  • Sales rank: 22,302

Product description

Too many companies are managed not by leaders, but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What does it take to be a real leader--one who is confident in who she is and what she stands for, and who truly inspires people to achieve extraordinary results? Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones argue that leaders don't become great by aspiring to a list of universal character traits. Rather, effective leaders are authentic: they deploy individual strengths to engage followers' hearts, minds, and souls. They are skillful at consistently being themselves, even as they alter their behaviors to respond effectively in changing contexts. In this lively and practical book, Goffee and Jones draw from extensive research to reveal how to hone and deploy one's unique leadership assets while managing the inherent tensions at the heart of successful leadership: showing emotion and withholding it, getting close to followers while keeping distance, and maintaining individuality while "conforming enough." Underscoring the social nature of leadership, the book also explores how leaders can remain attuned to the needs and expectations of followers. Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? will forever change how we view, develop, and practice the art of leadership, wherever we live and work.

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Author information

Rob Goffee is Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Gareth Jones is Visiting Professor at INSEAD. He was formerly Director of Human Resources for the BBC.

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"the book gives a more nuanced view of this leadership trend than many inferred from the title or its message to "Be yourself". They point out precisely that good leaders need a chameleon's ability to adapt themselves to different situations, and to conform to the culture of their organization." -- The Financial Times