August 24, 2007

The Chief of Engineers is reading... The Leader of the Future

The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies, and Practices for the Next Era
edited by Francis Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard

Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes. This book begins by establishing a vocabulary which can be used to discuss organizations and leaders within them. Next, it defines some of the contexts in which leadership emerges within organizations, many of which exist apart from the management hierarchy. Parts two and three of the book discuss the behaviors and activities of leaders, both now and in the future, and skills to be learned to improve leadership ability. The book concludes with wisdom from executives in leadership positions. Their discussion of leadership's challenges, confusions, and views will be valuable for those seeking to lead at all organizational levels.