Leader Evolution: From Technical Expertise to Strategic Leadership

  • 2h 54m
  • Alan Patterson
  • Business Expert Press
  • 2015

Most individuals who move into leadership positions experience the modern day version of trial by ordeal. It's sink or swim. To reduce the learning curve and create a more effective process, this book describes a road map for leadership development, a series of four stages that expand personal competence as well as create a broader impact on the organization or business. Each stage requires unique changes in thinking, perspective taking, and behavior, both those needed to acquire as well as those needed to jettison. The book is a pragmatic approach for self-motived individuals to take control of their professional development by giving them the concepts, tools, techniques, and assignments to develop their leadership effectiveness where it counts the most-on the job. While highly relevant to new and existing managers, the book is ideally suited for technical professionals and leaders in technical organizations looking to develop critical leadership skills distinct from technical expertise. The concepts and principles are directed toward the individual for on-the-job application, however, this also serves as an organizational and leadership development resource for Executive MBA programs, as well as a blueprint for in-house leadership development programs.

About the Author

Dr. Alan Patterson is a leadership development specialist, consultant, and executive coach with 30 years of international experience. He has been an adjunct professor for the Executive MBA Program at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee and Wisconsin–Oshkosh. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MA from University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and an EdD from Boston University. Dr. Patterson’s expertise has been tapped by many global and national organizations, including Anheuser-Busch, Biogen Idec, Duke University Medical School, Federal Reserve Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, Major League Baseball, Merck, SeaWorld, Shire Pharmaceuticals, the United States Navy, and Williams-Sonoma.

In this Book

  • Leader Evolution―From Technical Expertise to Strategic Leadership
  • Abstract
  • Preface
  • A Context for Leadership Development
  • Stage One―Expertise
  • Stage Two—Credibility
  • Stage Three—Alignment and Execution
  • Stage Four―Strategy
  • Defying Gravity
  • Coda
  • Notes
  • References