Leadership U Accelerating Through the Crisis Curve

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  • Copyright: 2020-07-08
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Accelerating Through the Crisis Curve

Leadership is all about others—inspiring them to believe, then enabling that belief to become reality. That’s the essence of Leadership U: it starts with ‘U’ but it’s not about ‘U.’

Those timeless words are timelier than ever today, as leaders look to accelerate through the crisis curve. As author Gary Burnison observes, “There will likely be more change in the next two years than we have seen in the last twenty.”

Now, in Leadership U: Accelerating Through the Crisis Curve, Burnison lays out a framework—his “Six Degrees of Leadership”—to show leaders how to create change. 

Anticipate – foreseeing what lies ahead, amid ambiguity and uncertainty that are throttled up like never before

Navigate – course-correcting in real time, to keep the organization on an even keel

Communication – constantly connecting with others; the leader is both the messenger and the message

Listen – breaking down the organizational hierarchy to gather insights at all levels—especially what the leader doesn’t want to hear

Learn – applying learning agility, to “know what to do when you don’t know what to do”

Lead – empowering others in a bottom-up culture that is more nimble, agile, innovative, and entrepreneurial than ever before.

Only by embracing these truths can leaders master another ‘U’—the “crisis curve” that will completely disrupt the business landscape.  The world has changed—forever. The old days are fine to reminiscence about, but you can’t stay there.

Today leadership means becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable. As Burnison says, when a door closes, leaders cannot afford to stand there, staring at it. It’s a “get up or give up” moment. For leaders, the only choice is to find and open another door. Leadership U defines and inspires the pathway through that door.

Author Biography

Gary Burnison is a New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm. He is the author of six leadership and career advancement books, including Lose the Resume, Land the Job, which The New York Times Book Review said, "breaks down every aspect of job hunting, explaining what matters and what doesn't." His most recent book is Advance: The Ultimate How-To Guide for Your Career. Gary is a CNBC contributor and is regularly featured in major media. He is all about helping others exceed their potential.

Table of Contents

Introduction Xi

Leading Others With Purpose Xv

The Shift From “Me” to “We” Xvi

Leadership In Action: The Six Degrees Xvii

Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable Xviii

What Makes a Great Leader? Xx

What Do You See? Xxi

Your Strengths and Weaknesses Xxi

Six Stages of Career Development Xxiv

The Right-Brain Rules Xxvi

1. Anticipate 1

2. Navigate 19

3. Communicate 37

4. Listen 57

5. Learn 77

6. Lead 97

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