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4.0 out of 5 stars Change and the leadership skills needed to promote it., 21 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Leading Change (Hardcover)
In the wake of numerous books and articles on the ability of businesses to remain competitive in a more globalized economy and increasingly fast-paced society, corporations will need to continually improve upon the services and products they provide. John Kotter contends that in a slower moving environments, managerial skills are more useful; however, in today's more accelerated business world leadership skills are required to implement and sustain needed change.
He differentiates managers from leaders where the former is more concerned with the smooth running of current conditions. The leader is more concerned with promoting meaningful change: developing a vision, making the vision transparent to others then implementing a plan that will make the vision reality.
According to Kotter, leaders typically make mistakes throughout this process. In the first chapter, Kotter briefly identifies eight key errors that prevent organizational transformation. He then addresses each in subsequent chapters.
Leading Change coincides with research that deeply rooted organizational change cannot come from one person. Change may start with one person, but it is more likely to become embraced and embedded with when a strong, broad-based coalition is guiding the organizational change.
The author proposes a fairly prescriptive format for leading an organization; however, there is latitude to make adjustments for your particular setting. I recommend Leading Change to those who have a vision, who are passionate about their ideas and are willing to work with others in making the vision reality. Before you read the book ask yourself whether you would rather manage a group or lead a team.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2009 21:35:51 BDT
susan says:
I have read a number of Kotters' books and have found them fairly useful but maybe a tad idealistic.I love the enthusiasm that seeps from this review which has inspired me to revisit kotter. I definatley see myself as a leader of a team and am determined to make my vision a reality!
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