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Books about the future of Leadership

. Books about the future of Leadership

Turning the Future Into Revenue: What Business and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Futures
by Glen Hiemstra

With the world running out of oil, what new business opportunities will arise to fill the world’s energy needs? As the world heads into population decline, how will business be affected when there are fewer customers every year? In Turning the Future into Revenue, Glen Hiemstra, founder of and noted expert on the future of business, explores how our changing world will change business and how individual people can take advantage of these changes to create new business opportunities. This book reframes the great challenges the world faces as individual and business opportunities, and looks at what people can do to shape the future they want.

Glen Hiemstra is the founder of, an Internationally respected consultant, and a speaker for business, government, and professional associations. A former award winning educator, he is now a full time futurist, and a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington. His past and present clients include Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Boeing, Northern Telecom, and Apax Partners.

Simple Stories for Leadership Insights in the New Economy
by Jeannette Galvanek, Ed Konczal

Stories are a simple but effective way to develop leadership skills and improve organizational communications. This book contains twenty-three stories that show how leaders deal with people, complex issues, and tough decisions. Some of the stories are sad, others uplifting, and some are funny. All give important leadership insight that can be used in both academic and corporate settings.

The book is supported by a website,, which contains additional resources for leaders and professors for use in stimulating communications about real business situations.

The Leader of the Future
by Marshall Goldsmith, Richard Beckhard

Discover what Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Peter Senge, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and other business-world luminaries have to say about the direction of leadership for the future. The Drucker Foundation brings together the best business minds in more than 30 never-before-published essays, each one offering a special perspective on leadership and a unique glimpse into the future.

Global Leadership: The Next Generation
by Marshall Goldsmith, Warren G. Bennis, John O'Neil, Cathy Greenberg, Maya Hu-Chan, Alastair Robertson

The follow-up to Marshall Goldsmith's 500,000-copy bestseller The Leader of the Future, Global Leadership: The Next Generation systematically identifies what tomorrow's leaders will need to know, do and believe in order to successfully lead the global enterprise of the future.

Drawing on the results of an extraordinary 2-year Accenture study of emerging business leaders, this book shows why the skills of today's global leaders won't be enough - and why tomorrow's leaders won't resemble today's. Goldsmith and his co-authors first identify five new "factors of leadership" and their implications: global thinking, appreciation of diversity, technological savvy, a willingness to partner and an openness to sharing leadership. They explain what it will mean to lead in an era where intellectual capital is the dominant source of value; how to lead people whose backgrounds and values may be radically dissimilar from yours; and why achieving personal self-mastery is now a fundamental prerequisite for leading others.

From the evolution of "federated," semi-autonomous organizational structures to the personal leadership challenges now arising from globalism, this book offers unprecedented insights into the new challenges of leadership - and what it will take to meet them.

Leadership: Seeing, Describing, and Pursuing What's Possible
by Paul B. Thornton

Leadership: Seeing, Describing, and Pursuing What's Possible describes the actions leaders take to help individuals, teams, and organizations find their greatness and achieve their best performances. This book will sharpen and fine-tune your ability to be an effective leader.

Leadership Passages: The Personal and Professional Transitions That Make or Break a Leader
by David L. Dotlich, Norman Walker, James L. Noel

Leaders face numerous critical crossroads in their careers, moments that can provide extraordinary learning and growth opportunities or ensnare them and prevent further development. The good thing about these passages is that they’re predictable, and with proper preparation, leaders not only can survive them to become stronger but can use these experiences to enhance their leadership, compassion, and effectiveness. This book lays out thirteen specific “leadership passages” based on research, interviews, and coaching of senior executives in such well-known companies as Johnson & Johnson, Novarits, Intel, GE, and Bank of America. For each passage, the authors describe what to expect, how the passage constitutes a choice point, and what effective leaders do to navigate and grow from the challenge. Some of the passages include: moving into a leadership role for the first time, dealing with significant failure for which you are responsible, derailing/losing your job, being acquired/merging, losing faith in the system, understanding the importance of children, family and friends, and personal upheavals such as divorce, illness, and death. The authors provide a wealth of practical tools and techniques to improve your leadership, along with real-life examples from recognizable leaders and breakthrough ways in which companies can use the concept of leadership passages to grow talent.

Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership
by Steve Farber

In The Radical Leap, we meet Steve, a leadership consultant who is intrigued and challenged by an enigmatic man named Edg, from whom he learns the concept of LEAP (cultivate Love, generate Energy, inspire Audacity and provide Proof). Steve is asked to help a friend, Janice, overcome a leadership conflict with her new boss at the biotech company where she works. In his effort to locate the charismatic former CEO of the company, Steve is led on a journey that ultimately revitalizes the company after it undergoes a radical and successful leadership transformation. The Radical Leap is an inspirational tale based on author Steve Farber's 14 years of experience in helping people become extreme leaders. An extreme leader, says Farber, is one who is not only unafraid of challenges, but actively seeks them out. Like extreme athletes who thrive on adventure, extreme leaders are willing to take risks while demonstrating high levels of passion, determination, and dedication. Their enthusiasm becomes so infectious that it motivates others who see it in their leaders' actions, not just their words. A business parable that reads like a novel, The Radical Leap is filled with vivid, fully realized, and eccentric characters, crazy plot twists, honest and believable conversations about leadership, and most important, an innovative program for leaders to inspire and engage their companies.

The Hasidic Masters' Guide to Management
by Moshe Kranc

Hasidism, the eighteenth century Jewish mystical movement, revolutionized and revitalized the Jewish world. The Hasidic Masters valued sincerity and devotion and provided inspiration and guidance to their adherents. Today's managers, seeking to provide inspirational leadership, clear direction, business vision, and organizational guidance to their team, have much to learn from these wise leaders.

The Hasidic Masters' Guide to Management
combines Hasidic stories and parables, the insightful cartoon satire of Dilbert, and modern day examples from the corporate world, to create a readable and practical guide for both the novice and experienced manager. It’s all here. The art of –
Motivating and Communicating,
Setting Realistic Objectives,
Hiring and Firing,
Measuring Performance,
Developing Dedicated People,
Handling Success and Failure,
Dealing with the Competition

A Spark from Heaven?
by Adrian Savage

Each of us has the potential to become even more successful. Yet we often allow outworn habits, values and beliefs to block the path to accomplishment. "A Spark from Heaven?" offers a wealth of practical advice and insights to help readers from CEOs to the newest mailroom employees find, develop and reap the rewards of potential as a vital element of growth and achievement.

This book is a must read for senior leaders and HR professionals who want to understand and send a message about the importance of having a potential-friendly culture.

It is a guidebook for managers and supervisors who want to learn how to unlock the potential of the talent on their teams.

It is a users manual for employees who want to take charge of their own lives and careers by exploring and unleashing their potential. What more could you want?

Artists, Craftsmen and Technocrats: The Dreams, Relaties and Illusions of Leadership
by Patricia Pitcher

Patricia Pitcher looks at the social psychology of various styles of leadership in our technology-dominated world. Through a very imaginative combination of conceptual and statistical analysis, she identifies three "ideal types" of managers. She calls them "Artists", "Craftsmen", and "Technocrats", and does not hesitate to sort the "good guys" from the "bad guys", and to judge them accordingly.

The mind-sets she indicates do seem very genuine. The consequences of their impacts on the wider social world appear equally clear. But her labels could use some improvement. The first group includes artists, scientists, intellectuals, even some academics, and should more appropriately have been called VISIONARIES. Any of those who anticipate possibilities, and project their preferences, qualify for inclusion; and as the Bible says, "Without a vision the people perish".

Craftsmen are Patricia's real heros. Since I am one of this type myself, I wholeheartedly agree with her! But this practical, "can do" group could also be better labelled, as PRAGMATISTS. Our job is not just to understand the world, but to change it for the better.

Technocrats are the villians of her story. They are humourless, rationalistic, and controlling. In their attempts to bring everything under various sets of rules, they smother passion and extract the vitality from management and every other thing they touch. But "technocrats" is not the right label for this third group either. It isn't technical knowledge, but rather officiousness that is the fault, and that is the characteristic of FUNCTIONARIES.

Labelling deficiences aside however, this book does us all a great service. As I interpret her agrument, both those with expansive vision (VISIONARIES) and those with benighted vision (TECHNOCRATS) are projecting their preferences onto our common futures. But whether these views are desirable or not, the world we actually experience is made in the present, and that is the role of her craftsmen (PRAGMATISTS). Whatever the future may hold, if we don't take care of the present, we'll never get there! - William Sheridan

Authentic Leadership - Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value
by Bill George

With the stock market in a paralyzing malaise as a result of the misdeeds of corporate leaders, frightened investors wonder when it will end? In the wake of these troubling times, one of America's most successful CEOs, Bill George, says that simply throwing corporate rogues in jail and enacting new laws and regulations will not solve the problem. In his bold new book, AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic contends, "We don't need new laws. We need new leadership," to get us out of the current corporate crisis because "you can’t legislate integrity."

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