Leadership And The Art Of Struggle

Steven Snyder



The image that effective leaders guide their organizations on perpetually smooth journeys quite simply defies reality. Leadership is often a struggle and yet strong taboos keep us from talking openly and honestly about our struggles for fear of looking weak and seeming to lack confidence. Exceptional leaders embrace struggle as an opportunity for learning, as an art to be mastered. Leadership and the Art of Struggle paints a realistic portrait of how great leaders navigate intense challenges for personal growth and organizational success.

Through 150 stories of leadership struggle drawn from nearly one hundred interviews, as well as from his experiences as an junior executive at Microsoft, a CEO of a public company and an executive coach, Steven Snyder derives mastery strategies for welcoming struggle as an integral part of your leadership journey. To help you implement each of these strategies, he offers a host of unique tools and specific, hands on practices. You'll learn how to cultivate the best mindset for confronting challenges, explore multiple tactics to deal with struggle and keep your energy high so you can continue to learn and grow.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Embracing Struggle as Inherent: The book suggests that struggle is an inherent part of leadership and personal development. Leaders should embrace challenges as opportunities for growth rather than viewing them as setbacks.

  2. The Leadership Crucible: Snyder introduces the concept of the leadership crucible, a transformative experience that tests and refines leaders. These crucibles often involve adversity and are instrumental in shaping effective leadership.

  3. Vulnerability and Authenticity: Effective leaders are willing to be vulnerable and authentic about their struggles. Sharing personal experiences of overcoming challenges can inspire and connect with team members.

  4. Learning from Mistakes: The book emphasizes the importance of learning from mistakes and failures. Leaders who can reflect on setbacks, extract lessons, and apply those lessons in the future are better positioned for success.

  5. Resilience and Adaptability: Snyder discusses the importance of resilience in leadership, highlighting the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Adaptability and a positive mindset contribute to a leader's ability to navigate challenging situations.

  6. Balancing Confidence and Humility: Effective leaders strike a balance between confidence and humility. While confidence is necessary, humility allows leaders to acknowledge their limitations and seek input from others.

  7. Navigating Ambiguity: The book addresses the reality of ambiguity in leadership. Successful leaders are comfortable navigating uncertain and complex situations, making decisions based on the best available information.

  8. Building a Support Network: Leaders should recognize the value of building a support network. Seeking guidance and support from mentors, peers, and team members can provide valuable perspectives and assistance during challenging times.

  9. Mindfulness and Reflection: Encouraging leaders to practice mindfulness and reflection is another key takeaway. Taking the time to pause, reflect, and consider one's actions and decisions contributes to effective leadership.

  10. Authentic Leadership Development: The book promotes the idea that leadership development is an ongoing, authentic journey. Leaders should continuously invest in their personal and professional growth, embracing challenges as opportunities for development.

Language English
ISBN-10 9781626561168
No of pages 206
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Collins
Published Date 28 Aug 2013

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