In Search of Leaders

In Search of Leaders

In Search of Leaders

In Search of Leaders

Synopsis

If you are fed-up with the rot that is consuming most organizations and you want to find a truly inspirational way of developing yourself (or those within your organization) In Search of Leaders will help you escape. If you freeze water it becomes ice. Yet, when melting it reverts to water. This is change. If you burn a stick of wood, it becomes ashes. It can never become wood again. This is transformation. Learn how to transform yourself, rather than simply change. Follow the journey on which Hilarie Owen takes you, a journey that will allow you to discover your potential as a great leader in your own sphere of ambition and beyond. 'Illustrates brilliantly the importance of understanding the human essence of leadership.' Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California and Visiting Professor of Leadership, University of Exeter. Author of On Becoming a Leader and Organizing Genius.

Excerpt

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear
to man as it is, infinite.

For man has closed himself up till he sees all things thro'
narrow chinks of his cavern.

William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, A
Memorable Fancy

'The ancient tradition …'

There is a widespread perception that our society is lacking leadership – whether in business, the City, politics, schools, the community or sport. As far back as 1988 Harvard Professor John Kotter was looking into the future when he wrote: 'It will be a world in which even the best “professional managers” are ineffective unless they can lead…. In general it will be a world in which the leadership factor will become increasingly important – for prosperity and even survival'.

Also in 1988, the UK-based Ashridge Research Group wrote their report Management for the Future. When looking into the future they wrote that organizations would be market driven, closer to customers and suppliers, flatter and more fluid in structure, and much faster moving. Above all, the report said, organizations would place unprecedented emphasis on people and talent as their most precious resource, on the need to develop individual potential, and on the need to draw out the commitment of all their people. They concluded that leadership would be a vital ingredient to the success of future organizations and that it would be needed at all levels.

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