Leadership can be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World

Sharon Daloz Parks


In Circulation

If leaders are made, not born, what is the best way to teach the skills they need to be effective? Today's complex times require a new kind of leadership one that encompasses a mind-set and capabilities that can't necessarily be taught by conventional methods. In this unique leadership book, Sharon Daloz Parks invites readers to step into the classroom of Harvard leadership virtuoso Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues to understand this dynamic type of leadership and experience a corresponding mode of learning called "case in point." Unlike traditional teaching approaches that analyze the experiences of past leaders, case in point uses individuals' own experiences and the classroom environment itself as a crucible for learning.

This bold approach enables emerging leaders to work actively through the complex demands of today's workplace and build their skills as they discover theory in practice. Through an engaging, you-are-there writing style, Parks outlines essential features of this approach that can be applied across a range of settings. In the process, Leadership Can Be Taught reveals how we can learn, practice, and teach the art of leadership in more skilled, effective, and inspired forms. Sharon Daloz Parks is director of leadership for the New Commons an initiative of the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, WA. She has held faculty and research positions at the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Adaptive Leadership: Effective leadership involves adaptability to navigate the complexities of the modern world.

  2. Ethical Leadership: Leadership education should emphasize ethical principles and values to guide decision-making.

  3. Critical Thinking: Teaching leaders to think critically and analytically is essential for effective problem-solving.

  4. Emotional Intelligence: Developing emotional intelligence is crucial for understanding and managing interpersonal dynamics.

  5. Collaboration and Teamwork: Leaders should learn the art of collaboration and building strong, effective teams.

  6. Cultural Competence: In a globalized world, leaders must be culturally competent and aware of diverse perspectives.

  7. Resilience: Leadership education should focus on building resilience to face challenges and setbacks.

  8. Innovation and Creativity: Leaders need to foster innovation and creativity within themselves and their teams.

  9. Continuous Learning: Effective leadership involves a commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement.

  10. Communication Skills: Developing strong communication skills is crucial for conveying ideas and fostering understanding within an organization.

Language English
ISBN-10 1591393094
ISBN-13 9781591393092
No of pages 287
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Harvard Business Review Press
Published Date 01 Nov 2005

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Author : Sharon Daloz Parks

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