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Change Leader. Learning to Do What Matters Most

  • Published: August 2011
  • Region: Global
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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.

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 Change Leader he turns his focus to the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leading in today's complex world. He reveals seven core practices for today's leaders, all of which appear to be deceptively simple but actually get to the essence of what differentiates a powerful leader from one who is merely competent:
- Practice Drives Theory
- Be Resolute
- Motivate the Masses
- Collaborate READ MORE >

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

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.

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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