Becoming an Effective Leader

  • 1h 59m
  • Harvard Business School Publishing
  • Harvard Business Press
  • 2005

Today, leaders are expected to be both reassuring and authoritative, emotionally open and tough, empowering and powerful. Success depends on understanding how great leaders face these conflicting demands: what roles they play, how they operate, how they enhance their abilities, and how they achieve the best results for their companies. Becoming an Effective Leader offers practical guidelines for mastering this challenging role. Learn to:

  • Take charge swiftly in a new role
  • Set up processes that enable people to excel
  • Make wise choices in the moment
  • Communicate the company’s vision and strategy effectively

In this Book

  • Becoming an Effective Leader
  • Introduction
  • What You Can Learn from Jack Welch
  • The Work of a Modern Leader
  • Why Authority Still Matters
  • Lead and Manage Your Organization with the Balanced Scorecard
  • No Time for Happy Talk
  • Power—How Its Meaning in Corporate Life Is Changing
  • What Should a Leader Be?
  • The Call for Authentic Leadership with Bill George
  • In Praise of Pragmatic Leadership
  • 10 Myths About Post-heroic Leadership—and Why They’re Wrong
  • Debriefing Linda A. Hill—Accelerating the New Manager’s Start
  • Pulling Yourself Up Through the Ranks
  • Taking Charge Fast
  • Succeeding Ms. (Mr.) Wonderful
  • Three Skills for Today’s Leaders
  • What Leaders Allow Themselves to Know
  • The Perils of Being the Best and the Brightest
  • Language—Churchill’s Key to Leadership
  • Three Keys to Leadership Communication Today


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