BUILDING THE BRIDGE AS YOU WALK ON IT
When it was first published, Robert Quinn′s best–selling book Deep Change revealed that anyone can become a leader of change, but to do so requires the transformation of self. The book struck a chord with thousands, and inspired readers wrote Quinn to share their stories of how his book guided them on their journeys to deep change.
Building the Bridge As You Walk On It tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership"the fundamental state of leadership." The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever–increasing integrityreflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth.
Building the Bridge As You Walk On It emphasizes that developing leaders is not a simple matter of imparting a set of concepts or reaching into a toolkit of strategies and behaviors. To become a leader requires engagement in the process of deep change in oneself, thereby inviting others to do the same. Once this process is in motion, we truly begin to transform one another to become the type of leaders we strive to be.
Part One: An Invitation to the Fundamental State of Leadership 1
1 Building the Bridge As You Walk On It 3
2 The Fundamental State of Leadership 14
3 Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership 28
4 Personal Revitalization 40
5 Becoming More Aware and Authentic 50
6 Transforming Others by Transforming Self 62
7 A New View of Leadership 77
Part Two: Eight Practices for Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership 95
8 Reflective Action 97
9 Authentic Engagement 110
10 Appreciative Inquiry 122
11 Grounded Vision 136
12 Adaptive Confidence 148
13 Detached Interdependence 159
14 Responsible Freedom 171
15 Tough Love 184
Part Three: Developing Leaders 195
16 The Stages of Self–Change 197
17 Inviting Others into the Fundamental State of Leadership 216
The Author 237
Robert E. Quinn is the author of Deep Change and Change the World, both from Jossey–Bass. Quinn helps business and government leaders understand and manage organizational life through his teaching, consulting, books, and numerous published articles. He holds the Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Professorship of Business Administration and is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.