Leading Through Culture: How Real Leaders Create Cultures That Motivate People to Achieve Great Things

  • 6h 47m 45s
  • Ken Wilcox
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc. dba Blackstone Publishing
  • 2023

Any of us may be called to lead, for a short time or a longer one, in a large or small group, and almost all of us are capable.

I wrote this book with leaders of all kinds of organizations in mind, not just CEOs of corporations, but rather anyone who finds themselves in a position of leadership. This includes department heads, scout leaders, heads of not-for-profits, work group leaders, church leaders, school principals—literally anyone who finds themselves in a position of leadership, for whatever time frame, at whatever stage of an organization’s development.

This book’s basic principles apply to leaders across a wide variety of organization types and sizes. Silicon Valley Bank was a startup when I joined it in 1990. It had about 1,200 people in total when I passed my CEO baton on to my successor, Greg Becker, ten years later; today, under Greg’s leadership, it is one of the largest banks in the US and one of only a handful with a global orientation. And yet, I believe that the stories and principles elucidated in the book apply to every part of this journey, from startup to global bank.

About the Author

Ken Wilcox serves as Emeritus Chairman of Silicon Valley Bank and was both President and Vice Chairman of SPD Silicon Valley Bank, Silicon Valley Bank’s joint-venture bank in Shanghai. He is Chairman of the Board of the Asia Society of Northern California, Treasurer of the Asian Art Museum, and a member of the twenty-first Century China Center Advisory Board. He is also the Chief Credit Officer of Columbia Lake Venture Debt Fund. Mr. Wilcox is an adjunct professor and member of the International Advisory Board at Fudan University in Shanghai, and an advisor to a number of startups.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: I Wrote This Book to Help Others Become Good Leaders
  • Chapter 1 - Why Do You Want to Lead
  • Chapter 2 - You Can't Do It Alone Building and Leading A-team
  • Chapter 3 - Building a Great Culture
  • Chapter 4 - Getting Everyone Pointed in the Right Direction the Vision Thing
  • Chapter 5 - Making and Executing on Great Decisions
  • Chapter 6 - Communicating with Your Constituencies, Keeping Everyone in the Loop
  • Chapter 7 - Implementing Change
  • Chapter 8 - Leading for Innovation
  • Appendix: Cross Cultural Leadership?


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