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Chapter I Just What Is Leadership?

Tobin, Tim Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In this chapter, I want to help you understand what I call the ecology of leadership. Obviously, someone cannot be much of a leader if no one is there to be led. So it’s a delicate environment of projects, priorities, and plans as well as emotions, sensitivities, and ambitions.

President Eisenhower once commented, “Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Ike’s approach to delegation could be called subtle. But to him, delegation was an important skill and a big deal. It surely served him well in Europe as he dealt with many big egos to lead the Allied effort in World War II.

Speaking of Ike, we typically don’t think of him as having had a big ego. Supreme Allied commander, president of Columbia University, general of the Army, president of the United States. That’s a résumé that would enable anyone’s ego to balloon. But not Eisenhower. He was awesome and not awesome at the same time.

Likewise, it is important for all of us to understand how we are perceived by others and where that is consistent with our self-perceptions. If there is misalignment between the two, it is important to understand why that is. As the introduction implies, this book’s process and steps are not intended to reaffirm to you that you are just so awesome right now. In a few paragraphs, you will meet Bob and watch his lunch mates tell him how not awesome he really is. It is a shocker for him.

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Chapter 9 Change and the Comfort Zone

Augustine, Ellen Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Ellen Schwartz

embracing risks that have been
foisted upon us by life

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be
continually fearing you will make one.

—Elbert Hubbard

It is not the mountain and the river
that defeat us, but how we think
about the mountain and the river.

—Vietnamese saying

Change is one of the most
unpopular concepts on the planet.

—Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit



Even when our lives are full of pain, even when we’re aware of a constant low-lying anxiety, it’s still hard to welcome change. Leaving that which we know takes courage.

For good reasons we are afraid of change. For good reasons we are afraid today. We fear losing our job, and then our home. We fear those who live around us; the nightly news shows us graphically what they who are different from us do, how they rob and rape and murder. Perhaps fear is the predominant characteristic of our times. Perhaps history will remember us as the age of relentless technology, frenetic activity, and fear.

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12 Learning the Ten Future Leadership Skills Yourself

Johansen, Robert Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It is often the statement made with an eye to the future that is most suspect.


I WANT TO END this second edition with a focus on what you can do to prepare yourself for the VUCA World of the future—even if you dont have a progressive leadership development program to attend. Many people asked me after the first edition: What can I do to develop my own future leadership skills? This chapter is my response to that question. Leaders can make the future if they have the right skills. Leaders can even win over skeptics who view these statements about the future as suspect. Making the future is much better—and often easier—than talking about it.

Given the future forces of the next decade, where do you stack up? Are you ready to lead in a future that will be volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous? How could you improve your own readiness? Your own resilience? How could you develop and use the ten future leadership skills described in this book?

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14. Determine the Best Address for Your Home Office

Dinnocenzo, Debra Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

Working Well in Your Home Office



Determine the Best Address for Your Home Office

Just because your office is in your home doesn’t mean your home address also should serve as your business address. True, your mail reaches you more directly if it’s dropped in your home mailbox, and packages left on your doorstep easily are accessible. However, there are several disadvantages that you should consider.

If you live in an apartment, condominium complex, or gated community, mail might not be delivered directly to your door.

Additionally, delivery services sometimes face delivery restrictions in these situations. A package delivered to the property management office on Friday afternoon might not be accessible to you until Monday if you can’t retrieve it before the office closes. If packages can be delivered directly to your doorstep, they often will be left there for days if you’re traveling or away on vacation—and the mail can begin spilling out of your mailbox in a short period of time while you’re away. So, if you receive your mail at home, you’ll probably need to ask someone to retrieve it or ask the post office to hold it when you’re out of town. This can prove to be a big nuisance if you travel more than occasionally.

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