- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Jossey Bass; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787909351
- ISBN-13: 978-0787909352
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies and Practices for the Next Era (J-B Leader to Leader Institute/PF Drucker Foundation) Paperback – 5 Aug 1997
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"An exciting exposition of numerous ideas on leadership that can nourish the reader spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. The book is richer for its contributions from diverse leadership thinkers––academics, consultants, and practitioners.... It can offer a challenge to the reader wishing to become more like the leaders whom these numerous authors profile." –Academy of Management Executive
"The Leader of the Future is a thought–provoking collection of essays that gets readers up to speed on the most important trends facing today′s leaders. It′s a one–stop shopping guide that shows how leaders can be successful." –Training & Development
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A Business Week Best–Seller...Over 140,000 Copies Sold"An exciting exposition of numerous ideas on leadership that can nourish the reader spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. The book is richer for its contributions from diverse leadership thinkers––academics, consultants, and practitioners.... It can offer a challenge to the reader wishing to become more like the leaders whom these numerous authors profile."––Academy of Management Executive"The Leader of the Future is a thought–provoking collection of essays that gets readers up to speed on the most important trAnds facing today′s leaders. It′s a one–stop shopping guide that shows how leaders can be successful."––Training & DevelopmentThe Leader of the Future offers cutting–edge essays that directly address the future quality of businesses, organizations, and communities––and the leadership required not just to survive, but to thrive. Acclaimed authors, world–renowned consultants, and respected executives present their special perspectives on leadership and a compelling glimpse into the future. This best–selling collection demonstrates:
∗ How leaders motivate by turning the organizational pyramid upside down
∗ How partnering has become a primary skill of world–class leaders
∗ How leaders of the next millennium can create an organizational culture based on principles
∗ How leaders emerge––indepAndent of official rank or status––from organizations that nurture dispersed authority
∗ How to inspire hope and purpose in those who want direction and wish to contribute
Peter F. Drucker, Charles Handy, Sally Helgesen, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Stephen R. Covey, and many other great thinkers share their visions of tomorrow′s leader––as different and commanding as their individual records of success––and each powerfully relevant to the future of business, government, and the nonprofit sector.
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Peter F.Drucker writes in his foreword, "Leadership must be learned and can be learned-and this, of course, is what this book was written and should be used for." And hence, he defines simple but basic characteristics of effective leaders:
1. The only definition of a 'leader' is someone who has 'followers.' Some people are thinkers. Some are prophets. Both roles are important and badly needed. But without followers, there can be no leaders.
2. An effective leader is not someone who is loved or admired. He or she is someone whose followers do the right things. Popularity is not leadership. 'Results' are.
3. Leaders are highly visible. They therefore set 'examples.'
4. Leadership is not rank, privileges, titles, or money. It is 'responsibility.'
After this excellent foreword, Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard divide this seminal book into four parts. Here, they note that "These parts have been chosen in a somewhat arbitrary manner. We deliberately gave the authors a free hand, and our revisions have been only mirror. The authors are all experts in their own right, and we wanted you to hear their views in an unfiltered form."
It is a great chance to read never before published essays of 37 distinguished authors under one roof.
The benefit of this approach is that it forces the authors to cut to the chase. Far too many leadership/management books waste space with folksy anecdotes and maddening metaphors. These are, thankfully, generally absent from The Leader of the Future, leaving almost 300 pages of substance for the reader. Another plus is the reader's ability to find new leadership authors that appeal to him or her that might otherwise have gone overlooked.
According to these experts, the business world is changing at a pace not seen in generations. (This refrain, I admit, gets old rather quickly and makes the experts seem like leaders of the past at points.) In order for organizations to survive and thrive, they need a new type of leadership. Today, CEOs and heads of organizations are the leaders. Tomorrow, they argue, CEOs will need a new set of skills, and anyone at any level in the organization will be called on to lead. Globalization, technology, mobile jobs, and an unprecedented amount of information mean that no one person can be "the" decisionmaker. Instead, organizations need to behave like market-economy nation-states: they need to be less hierarchical, allow internal competition, give their employees more decisionmaking authority, and train their employees to make informed decisions.
The idea of training is key - virtually all of the authors agree that leaders are made, not born. At the same time, they argue that all leaders have certain qualities, including high energy, vision, and other qualities that are hard to teach. Perhaps this is why one chapter focuses on the underanalyzed quality of followership. Certain segments are broad and theoretical, others offer concrete proposals to develop leaders of the future.
What does all of this mean for the average reader? Many organizations are still hierarchical with strict rules and regulations. There is, one could argue, only so far we can go towards decentralizing, flattening and empowering. But that would be yesterday's way of thinking. The leader of the future will find ways to work within these constraints, will have a vision of the organization that will guide him or her, and will allow for the empowerment of subordinates. This somewhat populist view of the leader of the future will at a minimum provoke the reader to consider what kind of leader he or she is and whether he or she is prepared to be a leader of the future.
The Leader of the Future is one of the few books on leadership that is worth buying. Borrow it or buy it, but read it today to be prepared for tomorrow.