8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility

8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility : How to Lead and Inspire in the Real World

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The world is ever-changing in unpredictable ways.

As a leader, you need to constantly re-examine your assumptions of what it means to be "great" as old models of leadership quickly fade into irrelevance. In short, you need an agile mindset.

But how can you, as a leader, become agile?

We need to update and disrupt past definitions of leadership -- to challenge ourselves and test our relevance often. We need to recognize challenges swiftly and respond decisively, especially when our environment is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility teaches you how to rise to your challenges by describing how leaders met their challenging conundrums with agility and emerged stronger.

This book outlines a powerful model and actionable steps using the Re4 Coaching Model developed by Chuen Chuen. The Re4 Coaching Model, clearly illustrated in this book, helps you see their world with objective clarity, understand what has to be done and why. Through this coaching model, you gain the resolve and confidence to overcome challenges with authenticity, integrate theoretical learning with practical steps and learn to thrive.

The Re4 coaching model focuses you by using four basic principles:

- Reconstruct the map - change your perception to find the truth;

- Refresh the Lens - identify and remove assumptions and bias;

- Renew the Identity - use your new perception and lens to create a new business persona that tackles change;

- Rebuild the Capabilities - Learn and practice new skills and actions for improved outcomes.

Using this method, Chuen Chuen shows you the gap between theory and practice through stories of leaders distilled into eight representational paradoxes that can occur in any culture, contexts, levels of seniority or industries. This book contains exercises with guiding questions you can use to navigate your paradoxes.

It's time for you to grow and thrive.

"I highly recommend this book to anyone who acknowledges the challenges of leadership and want a practical guide to effective, agile leadership." - Tee Loong Hua, Managing Director, Asean

"A smart, systematic approach to enlightened leadership." - Kirkus Reviews

"A compelling business advice book that encourages balance and adaption." - Foreword Clarion Reviews

"Change isn't always easy, but the author gives examples to show how possible and easy it is." - 5 stars review by Readers' Favorite

"Our workplaces are constantly evolving. We're all faced with the ultimatum of "change or get left behind" on a regular basis, especially when it comes to leadership. After reading this book, I feel much more prepared and less likely to be found in that "left behind" group." - Brian Sachetta, author of Get Out of Your Head

Readers of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux and The CEO's Secret Weapon by Jan Jones will appreciate the clarity and focused improvement highlighted in 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 290g
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 192 Illustrations
  • 9811458464
  • 9789811458460
  • 622,744

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Renowned leadership coach Yeo Chuen Chuen's 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility: How to Lead and Inspire in the Real World is the perfect book for those getting into or struggling with leadership in today's ever-changing business world and society in general, including the non-profit sector. Yeo promotes the Re4 Coaching Model, which helps leaders see their problems in new ways, and helps them learn to resolve these using a practical, individualized approach. Old forms are tossed out in favor of new ways to lead. Instead of relying on outdated leadership paradigms, each would-be leader, or struggling leader, should take a look at themselves, discover their own strengths and style, and implement change this way. In clear-cut, real-life examples, Yeo shows how to navigate the waters between two paradoxes. The answers are there, and this book will help you find and understand them.The author writes in a way that makes complex ideas easy to understand, regardless of what your leadership skills are or have been. It's not about how you used to do things. It's how you can do them from this point forward. Change isn't always easy, but the author gives examples to show how possible and easy it is. Leadership has been a one-size-fits-all concept, but it shouldn't be. Each leader, company, and organization has unique needs. The questionnaires and worksheet questions help you think about what has been working for you, and what hasn't, and how you can incorporate Re4 into your day-to-day leadership tasks. I recommend 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility to anyone searching for new ways to solve problems in today's world, and to rethink the way they've been going about their business.


The 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility provides many relatable, true-to-life anecdotes. Chuen Chuen's Re4 Coaching Model is simple and easy to apply. I highly recommend this book to anyone who acknowledges the challenges of leadership and wants a practical guide to effective, agile leadership.



This book is a must-read for all leaders who want to be impactful and strategic. It's so easy to take action once you see things differently.



I especially like how Chuen Chuen used metaphors with clients to help them put their finger on a complex situation in a simple way. The quest for simplicity is even more pressing now than ever before when we are swamped with more information than we could digest. And I think metaphors stick in people's minds and can serve as timely reminders just when they are slipping back into their old habits again.I also like how Chuen Chuen framed leadership as having to navigate paradoxes. Because too often, we hear of facilitators and coaches exhort leaders to do many things, eg. coach people. It's not that leaders don't want to do all the right things. They just can't, with so many competing demands. What is more helpful is to guide them in thinking how they could find an optimal point between two opposites.Chuen Chuen meticulously documented her experiences with each client for each paradox, so this should serve as a practical guide for a leader wanting to navigate the paradoxes that he faces.


The stories illustrate how every leadership paradox can be navigated using Chuen Chuen's Re4 Coaching Model. With the resulting clear leadership, workplaces can become more productive and businesses more profitable.


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