Mastering Leadership

Mastering Leadership : An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results

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Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change? For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. Mastering Leadership involves developing the effectiveness of leaders individually and collectively and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage.
This comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership features: * Breakthrough research that connects increased leadership effectiveness with enhanced business performance * The first fully integrated Universal Model of Leadership one that integrates the best theory and research in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Development over the last half century * A free, online self-assessment of your leadership, using the Leadership Circle Profile, visibly outlining how you are currently leading and how to develop even greater effectiveness * The five stages in the evolution of leadership Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral, and Unitive along with the organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages * Six leadership practices for evolving your leadership capability at a faster pace * A map of your optimal path to greater leadership effectiveness * Case stories that facilitate pragmatic application of this Leadership Development System to your particular situation This timeless, authoritative text provides a systemic approach for developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization.
It does not recommend quick fixes, but argues that real development requires a strategic, long-term, and integrated approach in order to forge more effective leaders and enhanced business performance. Mastering Leadership offers a developmental pathway to bring forth the highest and best use of yourself, your life, and your leadership. By more meaningfully deploying all of who you are every day, individually and collectively, you will achieve a leadership legacy consistent with your highest aspirations.
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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 33mm | 600g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1119147190
  • 9781119147190
  • 21,614

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We wrote this book because, after a combined 60 years' of working with leaders on their development, we know there is a far better way to go about it. The current "state-of-the-art" of the Leadership Development field is not up to the task of developing leaders for the complex challenges we are facing now, let alone for the future.

We need leaders of greater effectiveness and integrity, mastery and maturity, courage and compassion, competence and character, consciousness and wisdom. We need those leaders now. Not only is complexity outpacing the development of effective and consciously competent leaders, but the world is facing a leadership crisis. Our collective welfare, organizationally and globally, depends on our ability to develop leaders that are up to the challenge of creating a thriving future for everyone.

Most of our approaches to developing leaders are inadequate. They are episodic, not systemic; individually focused, instead of individually and collectively focused; they are too often superficial, lacking the depth required for genuine breakthrough; and they are generally sponsored, not led, by top leadership. Add to this, that the field of Leadership Development is a random collection of unintegrated theory and research. As long as we continue to approach the development of leadership this way we will continue to fall short. We wrote this book to document how we have changed this and to raise the bar on how to develop great leadership.

In one compelling read, Mastering Leadership integrates the best theory, research and practice into the first Universal Model of Leadership to arise in the field. It radically shifts the understanding of extraordinary leadership and how to champion its development. It thoroughly describes the sequential stages of leadership mastery and maturity. It outlines six powerful practices that will reliably evolve your leadership, individually and collectively. As we unfold the Universal Model, chapter-by-chapter, we provide research that links all of this to measures of leadership effectiveness and business performance; metrics to assess your progress; and case studies to guide your own transformational success story. Research and case studies demonstrate the transformative capability of the Universal Model and demonstrate how to implement a systemic approach to the development of leaders and the Leadership System of your organization.

We wrote this book for all of us. For most of us in leadership, complexity is outpacing our rate of development. We are in over our heads whether we know it or not. We invite you to accelerate the development of your leadership effectiveness by taking The Leadership Circle Profile Self-Assessment that comes with this book. The assessment, which measures leadership effectiveness through the lens of the Universal Model, in combination with this book, is a complete leadership development system. Together, they take you on a deep dive into the terrain of transformation, yours and your organization's.

We need better leaders at all levels--men and women who create thriving futures, healthy cultures and competitive companies; who balance short-term profitability with long-term sustainability; who create a better world. Mastering leadership is now a strategic priority, a competitive advantage and a global imperative. By committing to this imperative you can: Develop through each stage in the journey of mastering leadership. Turn your leadership capabilities into a distinct competitive advantage. Cultivate leaders in your organization with a proven leadership development system. Infuse every business conversation with leadership guidance. And much more...

Mastering Leadership is a complete system for developing yourself, your team and your organization's Leadership System to maximize performance. It is our sincere hope that this book will support your leadership for life.
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Praise for Mastering LEADERSHIP

"This is the definitive book on leadership principles and practices! Expansive and practical at the same time, Mastering Leadership is for forward-thinking leaders who want the most essential leadership lessons analyzed and presented in one astute place. Anderson and Adams' Universal Model synthesizes everything that leadership theory thus far has to offer. Read it, apply its principles, and you witness the transformation in yourself and everyone in your circle!" -- Marshall Goldsmith, Author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Triggers, Top-ranked Executive Coach, Author of bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"There is no shortage of information on leadership theory--Google will return over 15,000,000 results in .32 seconds. However, in their new book, Mastering Leadership, Adams and Anderson turn theory into practice by framing great leadership as a purposeful pursuit rather than a genetic anomaly. Their leadership model provides a well proven framework that allows leaders to assess their strengths and needs. Importantly, it also provides the practical knowledge and tools to enable a transition to greater effectiveness. This book should be a well-worn staple in every leader's '10 Essentials." --John Mendel, Executive Vice President, Automotive, American Honda

"This is not a book written for bedtime reading. Its ideas need to be examined in the bright light of day and then...for the courageous...put into practice. The authors have very skillfully woven a tapestry with threads from extensive research, years of experience, philosophy, and metaphysics. The Leadership Circle Profile (LCP) and the Universal Model of Leadership (UML) are tools that empirically guide the reader on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Their application breeches the barriers of traditional thinking and carries the reader into the realm of Unity Leadership. The demands on today's leaders to produce high-performing and highly-productive organizations has never been greater. Therefore, understanding the correlation between business performance and leadership effectiveness has never been more important. This book helps leaders answer the question posed in one of the book's case studies: 'What would you do if you could?" -- Stephen Ewing, Chairman of the Board of AAA Michigan and ACG, Retired President and Chief Operating Officer of MCN Energy Group Inc., Retired Vice Chair of DTE Energy

"This book is a testimony that love and power and clear purpose can co-exist. It gives form and proof that leadership is a human function. You can define it, measure it, teach it, and yet, in the end, our capacity to be honest with ourselves and fulfill our promises to each other is decisive. The book offers the integration of mind and matter, depth and relatedness; rare combinations in the modern world of speed, convenience, and scale. Read the book. Put it under your pillow. Speak of it to others." -- Peter Block, Partner of Designed Learning and Author of Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used; Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest; and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements xi Introduction A Universal Model of Leadership and The Leadership Circle Profile Assessment xv How This Book Came to Be 2 A Better Model of Leadership 2 The Promise of This Book 2 Two Books in One 2 Take the LCP Self-Assessment 2 Going Full Circle 2 Chapter 1 The Promise of Leadership: Meeting the High Bar of Expectations 1 High Bar of Experience and Expectations 2 Leadership Matters 2 Four Universal Promises of Leadership 4 Broken Leadership Promises 9 Keeping the Promise 9 The Leadership Agenda 10 Chapter 2 Leadership Effectiveness and Business Performance: The Primary Competitive Advantage 13 What the Research Shows 13 What is Your Leadership Quotient? 17 Provocative Questions 18 Collective Effectiveness 19 Collective Effectiveness and Intelligence 22 Chapter 3 Mastery and Maturity, Consciousness and Complexity: The Leadership Development Agenda 27 Triumph and Failure of the Inner Game 28 Competency is Only Half the Game 29 Two Games of Leadership 29 Inner Game Runs the Outer Game 31 Litany of the Literature 33 Four Foundational Premises 35 Consciousness and Complexity 38 Understanding Complexity: Redundant Polarities and Problems 40 Non-Obvious Points of Leverage 41 The Leadership Imperative 42 The Core Argument 43 Uncommon Sense 44 Collective Wisdom 45 A Global Leadership Imperative 46 Chapter 4 Stages of Development: The Backbone of the Universal Model of Leadership 47 Stages of Development Framework 48 The Universal Model of Leadership 49 Correlation Conclusions 53 Trajectory of Life-Long Development 55 Childhood: Seeing Development the Easy Way 56 Identity is at the Core 58 Chapter 5 Five Levels of Leadership: Structures of Mind and Performance 61 Egocentric Leadership 63 Reactive Leadership 66 Creative Leadership 75 Integral Leadership 82 Unitive Leadership 85 Chapter 6 The Universal Model and Metrics: Global Leadership, Cross-Cultural, and Gender Application 87 Task and Relationship Horizontal Axis 87 A Dynamic Model 89 Optimal Leadership 90 Link to Performance and Effectiveness 92 Dynamic Polarities 96 Universality of the Model 99 Case in Point: Cross-Cultural Application in Rural Uganda 102 Gender and the Universal Model 104 Stage of Development Research 106 Conclusions and Implications 112 Chapter 7 The Leadership System: The Central Organizing System 115 Six Systems of Organizational Effectiveness 116 Whole Systems Approach to Developing Leadership 120 Four Compelling Case Studies 122 Owning Development from the Top 151 Chapter 8 Reactive Leadership: An Insufficient Triumph of Development 155 Performance Review 156 Leave Your Ego at the Door 156 I Dare You to Tell Me the Truth 156 Two Primary Movements 160 Structure of Reactive Mind 169 Core Operating Beliefs 176 Putting It All Together 179 The Leadership Agenda 180 Chapter 9 Reactive Leadership at Work: From Patriarchy to Partnership 183 Moving from Patriarchy to Partnership 183 Navigating Two Journeys 185 Three Core Reactive Types 186 Gifts of Each Type 189 Gifts Hung on a Reactive Structure 191 Reactive Dynamics True to Type 194 Reactive Type Dynamics in the Universal Model 198 Natural Selection Process Creating Collective Patterns of Patriarchy 200 Chapter 10 Creative Leadership: Fulfilling the Promise of Leadership 205 Performance Review 205 The Hero s Journey 207 What the Transition Looks Like 209 Talking About It Without Knowing It 211 Creative Structure 213 Creative Structure of Identity 216 Restructuring Identity Beliefs 216 Designed for Leading Change 220 Creative Mind and Performance 221 Alignment 223 Path of Development Move Toward Your Near Enemy 224 Type Through Stage 229 Creative Organizations 229 Integration 230 Literacy in the Pathways of Transformation 231 Two Currents of Transformation 232 Chapter 11 Six Leadership Practices: Spiritual Boot Camp for Leaders 239 Practice 1: Discerning Purpose 239 Practice 2: Distilling Vision 245 Practice 3: Knowing Your Doubts and Fears 248 Practice 4: Engage in Authentic, Courageous Dialogue 252 Practice 5: Develop Intuition, Open to Inspiration 255 Practice 6: Think Systemically 259 Path of Mastering Leadership 262 Chapter 12 Integral Leadership: Built for Complexity, Designed for Transformation 265 Brief Summary of Stages 267 Servant of the System 268 Maturing Intuition 268 Seeing the Entire Development Spectrum 269 Holding Unresolvedness, Conflict, and Tension 270 As Within, So Without 271 A Meeting of Twin Opposites 272 Have You Ever Once Asked Me What I Want? 272 Shadow Side of the Universal Model 274 Fierce Compassion, The Dance of Enemies 286 Why is Change so Difficult? 291 Integral Leadership Imperative 292 Chapter 13 Unity: Journey s End, Development Turned Upside Down 295 Waves on the Ocean 296 No Self, All God 297 Development Turned Upside Down 299 Two Arguments for Development 300 Not Me, Not Me 300 Unity Leadership 301 Appendix 1 Leadership Circle Profile Summary Dimensions 303 Appendix 2 Theorists Integrated into The Leadership Circle Universal Model of Leadership 309 References 315 Index 000
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About Robert J. Anderson

ROBERT J. ANDERSON is the Founder and Chairman of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group. He has been a pacesetter and visionary in the leadership development field for 30 years. WILLIAM A. ADAMS is the CEO of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group. He has been a practice leader in the field for 30 years. His clients include the CEOs and teams of major Fortune 500 corporations (public and private) and private equity start-up businesses. With The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group team.
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