From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership

  • 3h 34m
  • Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2011

In this highly-anticipated book, Harry Kraemer argues that today's business environment demands values-based leaders who, in "doing the right thing," deliver outstanding and lasting results. The journey to becoming a values-based leader starts with self-reflection. He asks, "If you are not self-reflective, how can you know yourself? If you do not know yourself, how can you lead yourself? If you cannot lead yourself, how can you lead others?" Kraemer identifies self-reflection as the first of four principles that guide leaders to make choices that honor their values and candidly recounts how these principles helped him navigate some of the toughest challenges he faced in his career.

  • Offers a framework for adopting the principles of values-based leadership, self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence, and genuine humility, to lead organizations effectively
  • Based on Kraemer's popular Kellogg MBA course on values-based leadership
  • A recognized expert in values-based leadership, Kraemer is a sought after speaker on the subject

Lively and engaging, Kraemer's book comes at a critical time when true leadership in every facet of society is desperately needed.

About the Author

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. is a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. He is also an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the leading private equity firms in the United States, where he consults with CEOs and other top executives of companies in Madison Dearborn's extensive portfolio. Kraemer is the former chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc., a multibillion-dollar global health care company, and serves on the boards of several public, private, and nonprofit organizations. He graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 and received an MBA degree from the Kellogg School in 1979. A recognized expert in values-based leadership, Kraemer has written and spoken widely on the topic and was featured in Comebacks (Jossey-Bass, 2010), a collection of leadership profiles. He was voted the Kellogg School Professor of the Year in 2008.

In this Book

  • Introduction: Doing the Right Thing
  • Self-Reflection
  • Balance and Perspective
  • True Self-Confidence
  • Genuine Humility
  • Leading with Values
  • Talent Management and Leadership Development
  • Setting a Clear Direction
  • Effective Communication
  • Motivation and Team Engagement
  • Execution and Implementation
  • The Courage to Lead Through Change, Controversy, and Crisis
  • Socially Responsible Leadership