Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

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Harvard Business Press, Aug 9, 2002 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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To lead is to live dangerously. It's romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disturbing the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there's a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn't have to be that way say renowned leadership authorities Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. In Leadership on the Line, they show how it's possible to make a difference without getting "taken out" or pushed aside. They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival. Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether parent or politician, CEO or community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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"Leadership on the Line" is one of the first leadership books I ever read, but it’s one that has stayed with me over the years. I was especially impressed with the authors’ distinction between ... Read full review

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User Review  - keeraweera - LibraryThing

Good book on hazards and perils of leadership. Reassuring and vaguely liberating about the inevitable conflict that arises with any change management project. Lots of useful strategies for becoming a better leader. Definitely recommend as a practical, easy-to-read and useful book on leadership. Read full review


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Ronald A. Heifetz is a cofounder of the international leadership and consulting practice Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) and the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is renowned worldwide for his innovative work on the practice and teaching of leadership. Marty Linsky is a cofounder of CLA and has taught at the Kennedy School for more than twenty-five years. Alexander Grashow is a Senior Advisor to CLA, having previously held the position of CEO.

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