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Good in its time, but has two flaws,
This review is from: Leadership and the One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager) (Paperback)
When I first read Leadership and the One Minute Manager back in the 1980s, I loved its situational leadership model, but that was 25 years ago. Since then, two flaws have become clear.
One is that it focuses on the handling of individuals whereas leadership is more than that - it's about influencing individuals AND whole groups, sometimes very large groups, but this book doesn't address that. Its other flaw is this: it ignores the reality that many leaders won't adapt their behaviour according to the competence and commitment of each follower (which is the book's main idea) because of their old mindsets and behavioural habits. It assumes we can all change our behaviour at will without working on our psychology.
It's still a good read, but in my view it's not teaching "leadership" per se and it ignores the power of mindsets. So you might also want to consider a book that offers a more complete model of leadership and teaches you how to master your psychology as a leader. There are not many, but in my view the best example is "The Three Levels of Leadership" by James Scouller. Hopefully there will be others in the future.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 11:35:45 GMT
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G. S. LAWES says:
I also read this book over 25 years ago and also have participated and coordinated a number of Situational Leadership programmes. In today's environment the market looks for leaders to have a flexible, or adaptive (situational!), leadership style and Blanchard's work enables people to develop theirs. So, I disagree with your criticisms for the following reasons:
1. This book is not a general leadership book but is focused on the situational leadership of individuals.
2. The ability to develop and change is something that differentiates truly successful leaders from the rest. The book is the water, if the horse won't change the book can do little about that.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2012 16:07:05 BDT
A Reader from the UK says:
Re your #1, that is precisely the point I was making. Leadership is bigger than just the handling of individuals, as important as that it is, so as you say, it's not a general leadership book.
On #2, people can indeed change their behaviour, but often one has to delve into the mindsets controlling the behaviour to enable behavioural change, which this book does not go into - that is all I am saying.
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