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If leaders are made, not born, what is the best way to teach the skills they need to be effective? Today's complex times require a new kind of leadership--one that encompasses a mind-set and capabilities that can't necessarily be taught by conventional methods. In this unique leadership book, Sharon Daloz Parks invites readers to step into the classroom of Harvard leadership virtuoso Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues to understand this dynamic type of leadership and experience a corresponding mode of learning called "case in point." Unlike traditional teaching approaches that analyze the experiences of past leaders, case in point uses individuals' own experiences--and the classroom environment itself--as a crucible for learning. This bold approach enables emerging leaders to work actively through the complex demands of today's workplace and build their skills as they discover theory in practice. Through an engaging, you-are-there writing style, Parks outlines essential features of this approach that can be applied across a range of settings. In the process, Leadership Can Be Taught reveals how we can learn, practice, and teach the art of leadership in more skilled, effective, and inspired forms. Sharon Daloz Parks is director of leadership for the New Commons--an initiative of the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, WA. She has held faculty and research positions at the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Parks discusses the approach to teaching leadership called "case-in- point," developed by Ronald Heifetz at Harvard's Canter for Public Leadership, which takes to task the idea of born leaders. She describes Heifetz's multidisciplinary teaching method, which uses personal experience and seminar, simulation, presentation, discussion and dialogue, clinical-therapeutic practice, coaching, the laboratory, art, writing, and case study to teach leadership. She looks at its underlying theory, overall concepts including presence and authority, and use in social groups and the workplace. The experiences of teachers and those who have applied the method are discussed. Parks is Director of Leadership for the New Commons at Whidbey Institute in Washington.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Parks discusses the approach to teaching leadership called "case-in- point," developed by Ronald Heifetz at Harvard's Canter for Public Leadership, which takes to task the idea of born leaders. She describes Heifetz's multidisciplinary teaching method, which uses personal experience and seminar, simulation, presentation, discussion and dialogue, clinical-therapeutic practice, coaching, the laboratory, art, writing, and case study to teach leadership. She looks at its underlying theory, overall concepts including presence and authority, and use in social groups and the workplace. The experiences of teachers and those who have applied the method are discussed. Parks is Director of Leadership for the New Commons at Whidbey Institute in Washington. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591393092
Author:
Parks, Sharon Daloz
Publisher:
Harvard Business School Press
Author:
Parks, Sharon
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Executive ability
Subject:
Business Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 in 21.5 oz

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