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This book explains how to correct a leader's greatest mistake: failing to adapt their leadership style.
“All the management advice in the world won’t help you much if you can’t adapt it to actual situations. That’s where Russ Palmer stands out. These are smart, practical leadership principles that are tried and tested in real-world business circumstances.”
--Edward Whitacre, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of AT&T, former Chairman and CEO of AT&T and Southwest Bell
“It is very fitting that Ultimate Leadership is authored by Russ Palmer, the ultimate leader. It was with his guidance and friendship that I successfully transitioned from four orderly decades as a Marine to the arcane world of corporate America.”
--General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps
“Russ Palmer’s Ultimate Leadership is truly the last book you’ll ever need on the subject. Russ shows once again why he is the dean when it comes to explaining why leadership matters. Ultimate Leadership is the ultimate statement on how leaders in business, government, and nonprofits alike can keep up with changes and conquer diverse organizational contexts.”
--John J. DiIulio, Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor, University of Pennsylvania, former director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
“This book about leadership from a contextual viewpoint is nothing short of brilliant. Russ’s easy-to-read book is filled with practical examples of leading from the context of a particular situation. The steps to extraordinary leadership are not hugely different, but the applications are endless. Thank you, Russ, for making sense out of a very disputable subject.”
--Gerard R. Roche, Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles
“This book is refreshing proof that the essential personal traits of successful leaders are identifiable. Russ Palmer presents them in a manner providing great reading and much food for thought.”
--Gordon Bethune, Chairman, Aloha Airgroup, former CEO, Continental Airlines
“Leadership is essential for all seasons, but its effective exercise depends much upon the season. In a masterful account, Russ Palmer draws on his rich store of personal experience to show how adaptive leadership makes the difference. For understanding what actions are required of all leaders--and how those actions must also be tailored to circumstance--Ultimate Leadership is the essential read.”
--Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Wharton School, and author of The Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide
Go Beyond Generic Leadership: Become an Outstanding Leader in Your Unique Environment
To succeed, leaders must understand and apply the core principles of leadership--but that’s not enough. You need to shape your approach for any unique situation. Too many leaders don’t know how to do that--and that’s why they fail. Ultimate Leadership shows how to adapt the principles of leadership to different challenges, contexts, and organizations.
Russell E. Palmer--who has had three very different, highly successful careers as head of one of the world’s largest accounting firms, Dean of the Wharton School, and an entrepreneur--helps you identify the leadership model most appropriate for your environment, and how to lead accordingly. You’ll learn better ways to lead your equals, help an organization weather crises, transform its culture, lead entrepreneurial organizations, lead global organizations...even lead non-profit and academic institutions.
Then, drawing on interviews with an extraordinary spectrum of outstanding leaders, Palmer helps you master the attribute every leader must have: the ability to inspire your unique organization, even in the face
of the most daunting challenges.
• Achieving empowerment, even in classic “top-down” organizations
Exercising strong authority without falling victim to ego or closed-mindedness
• Transforming an organization of peers
Driving changes in a strategic direction when key power centers disagree
• Turning danger into opportunity
Mastering the art of rapid, focused, hands-on execution for organizations in crisis
• Leading cultural change that sticks
Reconnecting structures, processes, and strategies with the new realities you face
• Learning from the Wharton experience
Succeeding in an environment with widely diverse, highly influential stakeholders
About the Author xvii
List of Contributors xix
Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Leadership
Chapter 1 Leadership Principles: The Basis of Successful Leadership 3
Chapter 2 The Many Contexts of Leadership 15
Mastering the Contexts of Leadership
Chapter 3 The Top-Down Organization: Learning That It’s Not So Simple 25
Chapter 4 The Organization of Peers: Leading Your Equals 41
Chapter 5 The Organization in Crisis: Turning Danger into Opportunity 61
Chapter 6 When Organizations Change: Transforming the Culture 79
Chapter 7 The Entrepreneurial Organization: Sharing Your Vision with Others 105
Chapter 8 The Academic Organization: Learning from the Wharton Experience 131
Chapter 9 National Cultures and Context: Leading in a Global Environment 153
The Wider View of Leadership
Chapter 10 The Heart of Leadership: Motivating Workers 179
Chapter 11 Putting it All Together 197
Contributor Biographies 207
|1||pvii||The Grandkids||And The Grandkids||5/22/2008|
|1||pxx||Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, former Army Chief of Staff||Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, former Chief of Staff of the Army||5/22/2008|
|1||p8||Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, who headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff and led the U.S. military effort to bring peace to Bosnia;||Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, who was Chief of Staff of the Army and led the U.S. military effort to bring peace to Bosnia;||5/22/2008|
|1||p32||Gen. P.X. Kelley had the following lessons to offer about leadership to cadets at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia:
A marine officer who abuses his authority is an absolute coward, for he resorts to fear when he is unable to earn respect.
|Gen. P.X. Kelley had the following lessons to offer about leadership to Marines at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia:
A Marine officer who abuses his authority is an absolute coward, for he resorts to fear when he is unable to earn respect.
|1||p181||General Kelly responded, Then why dont you turn around, and play me a tune?||General Kelley responded, Then why dont you turn around, and play me a tune?||5/22/2008|