End of Leadership

ISBN-10: 0062069160

ISBN-13: 9780062069160

Edition: 2012

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Over the past thirty years, leadership has become a mantra in our culture—a path to power and money, a road to personal and professional success, and a mechanism for creating change that has spawned its own lucrative worldwide industry. Yet why does government remain riddled with inept, corrupt, or badly behaved leaders? Why is business filled with leaders who are venal, self-centered, and seek more power and influence than they can exercise wisely and well? Why, for all attention to ethics, is corruption and malfeasance so pervasive?The End of Leadership offers a critical rethinking of the "leadership industry", challenging the idea that leadership can be taught. Breaking with common wisdom, Barbara Kellerman argues that while leaders always were and still are the focus of our collective attention, they have never been as central to success as we think. Even in times past, when leaders had far more power, authority, and influence, they were vulnerable to forces beyond their control, forces that limited their options and constrained their behaviors. In the twenty-first century, she argues, these forces are stronger, more variegated, and more numerous than they ever were before, relegating current notions of leadership to the dustbin of history. Instead, she offers an alterative model that better reflects—and adddresses—contemporary political and organizational realities.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/3/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, attended college and law school at Stanford University, has been married to John O'Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. She was Arizona state senator from 1969-1975, and she served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1979-1981. Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.

Introduction: Twenty-First-Century Leadership-and Followership
Power Shift
Historical Trajectory-lessening power
Cultural Constraints-leveling the playing field
Technological Imperatives-losing control
Shifting Sands
Social Contact-undermining the understanding
American Experience-downgrading leaders
Worldwide Momentum-upgrading followers
Paradigm Shift
Leadership Industry-leading as mantra
Leadership Complete-leading in time
Notes
Index
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