Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/1/2002
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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To lead is to live dangerously. It's romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disturbing the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there's a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn't have to be that way say renowned leadership authorities Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. In Leadership on the Line, they show how it's possible to make a difference without getting "taken out" or pushed aside. They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival. Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits o

Author Biography

Ronald A. Heifetz serves on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(8)
Part One: The Challenge
The Heart of Danger
The Faces of Danger
Part Two: The Response
Get on the Balcony
Think Politically
Orchestrate the Conflict
Give the Work Back
Hold Steady
Part Three: Body and Soul
Manage Your Hungers
Anchor Yourself
What's on the Line?
Sacred Heart
Notes 237(6)
Index 243(8)
About the Authors 251

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