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Building Leaders: How Successful Companies Are Creating Their Next Generation of Leaders (Jossey-Bass Business & Management)by Jay Conger
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Companies everywhere are searching for ways to turn effective managers into dynamic leaders. In this book, Jay Conger, named one of the Top Ten Influential Figures in the World of Business, culls the wide variety of methods being developed by top corporations around the globe. Through insightful analysis and extensive case studies, he and co-author Beth Benjamin provide the proven techniques, and common pitfalls to avoid, for building leadership talent at all levels.Based on research conducted at more than a dozen organizations—including Ernst & Young, PepsiCo, Federal Express, the U.S. Army, and the National Australian Bank—the authors identify three principal approaches to leadership education: individual skill development, instilling organizational values that promote leadership, and strategic interventions. In separate chapters, they examine the strengths and shortcomings of each of these approaches and outline their most important elements, from organizational needs assessments to effective workshops and instruction to 360-degree feedback mechanisms. Individual case studies illustrate best practices in an array of business sectors and give readers an inside look at how world-class leadership development programs are created, organized, and conducted so they can benchmark their own efforts. A special chapter studies the popular educational technique of action learning and its potential as a new paradigm for training the leaders of the twenty-first century. How will technology, new leadership requirements, and the flatter, wired organization affect trAnds in the upcoming millennium? The final chapter profiles the future of leadership in corporate America and offers insights to help organizations anticipate and train for the characteristics that will be demanded in the next generation of corporate leaders.
Book News Annotation:
Consultants Conger and Benjamin look at the successes and failures of more than a dozen organizations in order to provide a blueprint for effectively cultivating a continuous crop of talented leaders. They identify and examine three principal approaches to leadership education: individual skill development, instilling organizational values that promote leadership, and strategic interventions. They also study the popular technique of action learning as a training paradigm. Individual case studies illustrate best practices in an array of business sectors.
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Corporations are spAnding billions of dollars on leadership development initiatives. But are these programs paying off? Building Leaders takes a hard look at the successes and failures of more than a dozen organizations—including Ernst & Young, Motorola, the U.S. Army, and Federal Express. It identifies the three dominant approaches to leadership education and provides a blueprint for how organizations can use them to more effectively cultivate a continuous crop of talented leaders.
Base your leadership development programs on proven-to-work techniques. In Building Leaders, authors Conger and Benjamin examine the very best practices of American and foreign companies to present a comprehensive plan for developing leadership talent at every organizational level. Here, readers will find an in-depth presentation of the specific skill sets that individual managers need in order to lead. They'll also discover which organizational values promote leadership, examine successful strategic interventions, and see what a successful leadership plan looks like. Equally illuminating is the section on plans that are destined to fail, along with the section on the future of leadership that shows readers how to design development programs that are most likely to last.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-270) and index.
About the Author
JAY A. CONGER is the director of the University of Southern California's Leadership Institute and the author of Learning to Lead. Named Business Week's Best Professor to Teach Leadership to Executives, he has served on the faculties of the Harvard Business School, McGill University, and INSEAD, and is an internationally recognized leadership expert. BETH BENJAMIN,Ph.D., is a leadership consultant for Booz?Allen & Hamilton and has conducted extensive research with the University of Southern California's Leadership Institute and RAND Corporation.
Table of Contents
The New Imperative: Building Effective Leaders Throughout the Company.
OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, INTO THE TRENCHES: EVALUATING APPROACHES TO CORPORATE LEADRERSHIP DEVELOPMENT.
Developing the Individual Leader.
How National Australia Bank Develops Leaders.
Socializing Company Vision and Values.
How Federal Express and PepsiCo Socialize Vision and Values.
Strategic Leadership Initiatives.
Ernst Young's Leadership 2000 Strategic Leadership Initiative.
THE FUTURE IS NOW: BUILDING TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LEADERS.
Action Learning: The New Paradigm for Leadership Development.
What Matters: Competencies for the New Century.
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