Principled Leadership and Business Diplomacy: Values-Based Strategies for Management Development

Principled Leadership and Business Diplomacy: Values-Based Strategies for Management Development

Principled Leadership and Business Diplomacy: Values-Based Strategies for Management Development

Principled Leadership and Business Diplomacy: Values-Based Strategies for Management Development

Synopsis

Principled leadership is the art of applying ethical business values, and business diplomacy is the means of doing it. London shows that principled leadership and business diplomacy not only provide direction for management, but they also enhance development of leadership in others. His book offers a solid, well-illustrated, immediately applicable way to design a management and leadership development program, select training managers and executives, and a way to change corporate cultures. Concise and practical, his book is as important for teachers and their college-level students as for HR executives, management and organizational development specialists, and consultants throughout the public and private sectors.

Excerpt

This book is about applying the art of principled leadership and diplomacy to business. Principled leadership is the application of ethical business values, including mutual respect, trust, honesty, fairness, kindness, and doing good. Principled leaders are executives and managers who apply these values in their daily business lives. Principled leaders do not ignore the tough realities of business. They deal with market forces, make difficult decisions, resolve conflicts, and negotiate deals using business diplomacy.

Business diplomacy is a way of working with people to get things done effectively. Rather than work over, around, or through other people, the idea of business diplomacy is to help people understand each other's perspective and reach common ground without hostility. Principled leadership and business diplomacy are values-based management strategies. The underlying premise is that being ethical, tactful, and showing concern for others are positive, effective business strategies.

Principled leadership and business diplomacy provide directions for management and leadership development. This book provides a model for human-resource managers, management development specialists, and organizational development consultants (change agents and group facilitators) to follow in designing management and leadership development programs, selecting and training managers and executives, and changing corporate culture. Also, these professionals can be role models of principled leadership and business diplomacy and change agents in their organizations to encourage cooperation and get people to work together effectively.

I began thinking about the concepts of principled leadership and business diplomacy when I reflected on my own work experience as a corporate humanresource manager for twelve years and as a college professor and administrator . . .

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