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James Donaldson’s Book Review – Leading In A Culture of Change by Michael Fullen

LeLeading In A Culture Of Changeaders must be guided by moral purpose

Leaders must understand the changes going to happen and to be able to adapt to change

 Leaders must be constant “relationship builders”, especially with people different than themselves

Leaders must constantly generate new and updated knowledge

 Effective leaders make even the most difficult of task seem hopeful. They are always seemingly optimistic, and helping those around them to realize that things are possible.

Good leaders strive for coherence

Chapter 2: Moral Purpose

Chapter 4: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships

Chapter 5: Knowledge Building

Effective leaders “listen attentively”.

A quick short book about the necessary traits (listening, setting examples, moral character, vision, clarity, etc.) it takes to be a good leader

The author shows how leaders in all types of organizations can accomplish their goals and become exceptional leaders. He draws on the most current ideas and theories on the topic of effective leadership, incorporates case examples of large scale transformation, and reveals a remarkable convergence of powerful themes, or as he calls them, the five core competencies.

By integrating the five core competencies – attending to a broader moral purpose, keeping on top of the change process, cultivating relationships, sharing knowledge, and setting a vision and context for creating coherence in organizations – leaders will be empowered to deal with complex change. They will be transformed into exceptional leaders who consistently mobilize their compatriots to do important and difficult work under conditions of constant change.

Fairly easy and straight forward steps.


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