Leadership Mystique
Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise

By Manfred KetsDe Vries
July 2006
Pearson Education
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 1405840196
304 pages
$47.50 Paper Original

Organizations are like automobiles. They don't run themselves, except downhill.

Successful leadership today demands very different behavior from the conventional leadership tradition we are used to. It requires leaders who speak to the collective imagination of their people, co-opting them to join in the business journey; leaders who are able to motivate people to full commitment and spur them on to make that extra effort. It's all about human behavior. It's about understanding the way people and organizations behave, about creating relationships, about building commitment, and about adapting your behavior to lead in a creative and motivating way.  

So, stop right now and ask yourself what you're doing about the leadership factor. How do you execute your own leadership style? Whether you work on the shop floor or have a corner office on the top floor of a shimmering skyscraper, what have you done today to be more effective as a leader?

There are no quick answers to leadership questions, and there are no easy solutions. In fact, the more we learn the more it seems there is to learn. In The Leadership Mystique, management and psychology guru Manfred Kets de Vries unpicks the many layers of complexity that underlie effective leadership, and gets to the heart of the day-to-day behavior of leading people in the human enterprise. Assess your own leadership qualities with the probing self-questionnaires and learn how to develop your skills for maximum impact as a leader.

1. Leadership in a dissonant voice: Using the prism of the clinical paradigm
2. Emotional intelligence in the world of work
3. The mussel syndrome
4. The failure factor in leadership
5. The dynamics of succession
6. The Dilbert phenomenon
7. The rot at the top
8. Achieving personal and organizational change
9. Characteristics of effective leadership
10. Leadership in a global context
11. Roles leaders play
12. Leadership development
13. Authentizotic organizations
14. Final thoughts

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