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Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia. Applying The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  • ID: 2330257
  • Book
  • March 2013
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • 144 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Praise for Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia

"The leader′s mantra is: ′Try, fail, learn. Try, fail, learn.′ Experiment, take risks, and then capitalize on the results. Leadership can be learned by anyone, the authors claim, and successful leadership in Asia whether one is Asian or not isn′t unique. While environments may differ greatly, the practices of exceptional leaders are universal. Read the revealing case studies and analyses in this volume to learn why and, more importantly, how to develop these practices yourself."

Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke, president, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

"With all the focus and attention in the world on Asia, Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia is more than a timely reminder by Jim, Barry, and Steven that regardless of context and culture, leaders do make a difference. The examples, people, and companies in the book provide an insightful backdrop to what makes Asian leaders tick. More importantly, it shows that, while Asia is a largely hierarchical society, everyday leaders who inspire and influence positive action, regardless of titles or position, are what Asia and the world needs today."

Martin Tan, co–founder and executive director, Halogen Foundation Singapore

"I′ve always felt that the best way to learn about leadership in business is to listen to those who have experienced success or failure who are willing to share their stories with others. This book does an exemplary job of educating us through the many experiences of real business people in Asia. Those stories plus the authors′ emphasis on the importance of learning to operate in the critical global environment make this book an essential reading experience for anyone planning to do business in the exciting Asia market."

Jim Thompson, chairman, Crown Worldwide Group

"The book annotates lots of easy–to–read and enjoyable Asian leadership stories that resonate with the time–tested and evidence–based, Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. Explicit powerful leadership lessons can be drawn from each story coupled with invaluable wisdom and sound advice offered by the authors. A must–read for all leaders and aspiring leaders in Asia and beyond."

Peter Cheng and Lily Cheng, authors of Real Leaders and founders PACE O.D. Consulting Pte Ltd

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1. When Asian Leaders Are at Their Best 1

The Leadership Challenge Around the World 3

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership 5

Model the Way 6

Inspire a Shared Vision 9

Challenge the Process 10

Enable Others to Act 11

Encourage the Heart 12

The Five Practices in Action 14

2. Model the Way 17

Find Commitment Through Shared Values: How Values Guide Us in Deciding to Engage . . . or Not 19

Teach the Values: Affirming Shared Values Through Education and Action 23

Walk the Talk: Showing Others How to Model the Way in Hard Times 27

Confront Critical Incidents: Leading Through Shared Values 29

Teach by Following Through: How Being Consistent with Your Values Builds Trust 31

PRACTICE: Model the Way 34

3. Inspire a Shared Vision 37

Envision a Better Future: Showing There s Opportunity in a Crisis 39

Find a Common Purpose: Helping Others to See Themselves in the Picture 44

Appeal to Shared Aspirations: The Way for Others to See How a Common Vision Serves Their Interests 48

Listen, Learn, and Follow Through: Enlisting Others by Connecting to Their Interests 52

PRACTICE: Inspire a Shared Vision 56

4. Challenge the Process 59

Encourage Initiative in Others: Making It Possible for Others to Lead and Learn 62

Be an Active Learner: Letting Mistakes Teach Valuable Lessons and Point to a Better Way 65

Accept Coaching: Learning from Others Experiences 69

Seek Advice: Having the Courage to Ask for Help 71

PRACTICE: Challenge the Process 78

5. Enable Others to Act 81

Build Trusting Relationships: Showing Concern and Interest in Others 83

Be the First to Trust: Letting Others Know You Care, One Small Action at a Time 87

Develop Cooperative Goals: How Managing a Friend Resulted in Leading a Team 90

Appreciate Differences: Seeing Things from Others Perspectives Improves Relationships and Performance 94

PRACTICE: Enable Others to Act 99

6. Encourage the Heart 101

Expect the Best: How Believing in Others and Small Gestures Make a Big Difference 103

Be Clear About Goals and Rules: Rewarding Progress Requires Systems and Celebrations 107

Show Appreciation or Put Your Own Success at Risk 110

Show You Care: Learning How to Appreciate the Work of Others 114

PRACTICE: Encourage the Heart 116

7. Make a Difference 119

You Are the Most Important Leader in Your Organization 120

Leadership Is Learned 122

First, Lead Yourself 124

Leadership Is a Choice 127

Notes 131

Acknowledgments 133

Suggested Readings 137

About the Authors 141

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Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia is a useful book full of commonsense for the modern business person, wherever they are working." – The Global Herald (May 2013)
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