Leadership and the Art of Struggle How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity

ISBN-10: 1609946448

ISBN-13: 9781609946449

Edition: 2013

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Leaders struggle every day to have influence, battle stress, and create the future. Each day seems to spawn three problems for every one that gets solved. New initiatives fail, senior managers and investors grow impatient, and direct reports can chafe at feedback. Steven Snyder has a message for junior leaders and CEO's alike--this is all perfectly normal and part of the job. The myth of the perfectly confident, unflappable, and poised leader is just that—a myth.Snyder builds on more than 30 years as an executive, CEO, and academic to provide a blueprint for growing through adversity. He has studied nearly 100 senior executives to distill what really matters most in becoming a great leader. His main takeaway is that the struggle never goes away, and real growth only becomes possible when leaders become willing to learn. Snyder then digs into fifteen key strategies for mastering the art of struggle, from understanding the inevitable tensions, to practicing accountability and emotional centering.To be sure, Snyder does not promise any magic pill or quick fixes—the process of becoming a great leader is a lifetime journey. There may be no perfect leaders—but readers of this book will learn how to achieve greatness in the struggle.
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Becoming Grounded
Struggle is Not a Four-Letter Word
Adaptive Energy
Turn Your Energy into Adaptive Energy
Grounding Practice: Adopt a Growth Mind-Set
Grounding Practice: Become Resilient in the Face of Failure
Make Sense of a Chaotic World
Grounding Practice: Draw Your Tension Map
Regain Balance
Grounding Practice: Center Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
Grounding Practice: Find the Support You Need
Exploring New Pathways
Navigate Tensions
Exploring Practice: Reimagine the Situation to Discover a New Creative Path
Exploring Practice: Reinvent Yourself
Illuminate Blind Spots
Exploring Practice: Overcome Your Blind Spots
Transcend Conflict
Exploring Practice: Heal Yourself from Conflict
Exploring Practice: Envision the Common Ground
Discover Purpose and Meaning Through Struggle
Exploring Practice: Write or Revise Your Personal Vision Statement
Exploring Practice: Recommit, Pivot, or Leap
Deepening Adaptive Energy
Peer Into the Future
Deepening Practice: Prepare for What Lies Ahead
Savor the Marathon
Deepening Practice: Harness the Engine of Discipline
Deepening Practice: Celebrate What's Precious
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