The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders

The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders

The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders

The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders

Synopsis

* Warren Bennis examines the issues that will challenge tomorrow's leaders* Edward E. Lawler III considers the arrival of the era of human capital* Charles Handy discusses tomorrow's organizational landscape* Thomas H. Davenport analyzes knowledge work and the future of management* Steven Kerr reflects on the boundaryless organizations* Thomas A. Stewart explores the "network" organizations* James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner reveal the enduring leadership lessons of the past* Karl E. Weick talks about making sense of the unpredictable future for organizations* Philip Slater looks at leading oneself* Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explores creating a context for creativity* Jean Lipman-Blumen why we tolerate bad leaders* Cathy L. Greenberg-Walt and Alastair G. Robertson reveal the evolving role of executive leadership* James O'Toole examines leadership as an organizational trait* Tom Peters discusses staying a fresh, motivated, and curious leader* Jeffrey Sonnenfeld brings to light how leaders respond to adversity* Tara Church reports on engaging youth in the practice of leadership* Edward W. Headington puts Generation X leadership under the microscope* Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Thomas G. Cummings consider the overall future of leadership"The Future of Leadership is a book that is inspiring, wise, and a joy to read. It honors the spirit and force of one of the world's greatest thinkers on leadership, Warren Bennis. A must-read for students of the new, new economy-the hybrid that bridges the professionalism of the old with the agility of the new."--John Seely Brown, former director of Xerox PARC and coauthor, The Social Life of Information

Excerpt

This book is the result of an extraordinary event celebrating the distinguished life and career of Warren Bennis. Called a festschrift, a German term for a volume of essays contributed by colleagues as a tribute to a scholar, this event was hosted by the Department of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. The festschrift took place in May 2000 and started with a day-long conference attended by over two hundred of Bennis's friends and colleagues; it concluded with a banquet with almost twice that number attending. The conference honored Bennis's many contributions to the management field and also looked ahead to address his current passion about the future of leadership.

In organizing the conference, we asked Bennis to reveal the important questions that keep him awake at night and challenge his intellect and curiosity. He responded with a series of thoughtprovoking issues that tomorrow's leaders will need to understand and resolve if they are to succeed. These are presented in Chapter One. We used these questions to frame the conference and to choose presenters who could provide key insights for future leaders. Many of the presenters are Bennis's longtime colleagues; others are more recent friends. Together, they form a remarkable group of scholars and practitioners including many of the leading thinkers in management today and some of the newest crop of young leaders. We asked them to address particular issues in their presentations; we encouraged them to push the envelope and to address the really important challenges for tomorrow's leaders. The chapters in this volume represent their collective wisdom and keen speculations about the future of leadership.

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