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Change Leader. Learning to Do What Matters Most

  • ID: 1946710
  • August 2011
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Michael Fullan's Change Leader

"This is a terrific book hugely engaging, grounded in evidence, easy to remember and apply, and full of practical common sense. It will have powerful resonance for all of us in leadership roles who want to become better leaders."
Steve Munby, chief executive, National College for School Leadership, England

"Change Leader reflects the wisdom and insights that can only come from someone who has been deeply immersed in the change process for decades. Fullan has de–mystified organizational change and the leadership necessary to implement and sustain it. Leaders of organizations large and small should use this book to guide their day–to–day work.
Rick Dufour, educational author and consultant

"Michael Fullan's deep insights about organizational change will take business leaders to new heights of motivation and performance. Within a diverse world, many of the core elements and themes in Change Leader, such as impressive empathy, political savvy, collaborate to compete, purposeful action, pressure and positive support, deliberative practice, and sustain change and improvement will serve leaders who strive to stand apart from the crowd."
Avis Glaze, president, Edu–quest International Inc.

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Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xvii

CHAPTER ONE: Practice Drives Theory: Doing Is the Crucible of Change 1

CHAPTER TWO: Be Resolute: Act with Purpose and Empathy 27

CHAPTER THREE: Motivate the Masses: Experiencing Is Believing 49

CHAPTER FOUR: Collaborate to Compete: Multiply Capacity and Win 87

CHAPTER FIVE: Learn Confidently: Change Requires Confidence (but True Confidence Requires Humility) 109

CHAPTER SIX: Know Your Impact: Drowning in Data, Thirsty for Knowledge 125

CHAPTER SEVEN: Sustain Simplexity: Just Right Simple 147

References 157

Index 165

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What constitutes a leader? What qualities does great leadership require? Today there is a distinct difference between a competent leader and a powerful leader who leaves an impact. In his previous best-selling books The Six Secrets of Change, Leading in a Culture of Change, and Turnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan examined the concepts and processes of change. In Michael Fullan’s new book, CHANGE LEADER: Learning To Do What Matters Most, Fullan explores the concepts that differentiate simple leaders from extraordinary, and the reasons why Fullan says that expertise is overrated.

Completing his popular trilogy on leadership books, Michael Fullan shares his seven core leadership practices:
- Practice Drives Theory
- Be Resolute
- Motivate the Masses
- Collaborate to Compete
- Learn Confidently
- Know Your Impact
- Sustain Simplexity

These deceptively simple mantras get to the essence of what differentiates a powerful leader from one who is merely competent. Fullan argues that good leadership grows out of hard-earned practice and practical knowledge. He shows that a change leader must have the confidence to tackle challenges in the face of uncertainty. Fullan pulls in examples from the education, nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors to illustrate his perspective.

As we live in a challenging, complex, inter-connected and unpredictable world beset by a range of seemingly insoluble problems. But, says Michael Fullan—an internationally acclaimed authority on organizational change—we have an increasing understanding of how to tackle complex change. This involves developing a new kind of leader: one who recognizes what is needed to bring about deep and lasting changes in living systems at all levels. These leaders need a deep understanding of what motivates us as human beings and how we tap into and influence other people's self-motivation.

Throughout CHANGE LEADER, Fullan argues that powerful leaders have built bedrocks of credibility, have learned how to identify the few things that matter most, and know how to leverage their skills in ways that benefit their entire organization. The author shows leaders how to avoid policies and strategies that focus on shallow and short-term goals and develop leadership skills for long-term success.

CHANGE LEADER provides a much-needed leadership guide for today's turbulent climate. Written by an internationally acclaimed authority on organizational change, it includes illustrative examples from business, education, nonprofit, and government sectors

Change Leader is a must-have guide for anyone looking to enhance their leadership role.

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Michael Fullan is a professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He currently serves as Special Advisor in Education to Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario. Recognized as a worldwide authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. Fullan is the author of
The Six Secrets of Change,
Leading in a Culture of Change, and
Turnaround Leadership. He lives in Toronto.

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