Leadership : the inner side of greatness : a philosophy for leaders /
by Peter Koestenbaum.
1st ed. --
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1991.
xvii, 369 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. --
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-355) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-07:
Like most books about leadership, this one improves when the author finishes up with generalities and gets down to specifics. Whether it fulfills its ``promise'' (``to double your business leadership effectiveness on any measure you choose'') is debatable; still there are pickings in the book for the would-be leader of a kind not to be found in the many other treatises on the subject. Believing that leadership is a ``mindset and a pattern of behaviors'' that can be learned and taught, Koestenbaum presents and illustrates the meaning of his ``Leadership Diamond.'' This consists of ``four strategies for greatness'': vision (thinking big and new), reality (having no illusions), ethics (providing service), and courage (acting with sustained initiative). The ``greatness'' theme becomes a bit tedious, but there are many compensations. For management collections.--A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Lib. & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1991-11:
Koestenbaum, a management consultant who previously taught philosophy at San Jose State University, uses a philosophical approach to the development of a leadership orientation. Although this philosophic orientation to leadership may appear to be fresh, the leadership diamond model on which the book is based includes many components of classic behavioral and trait studies of leadership. The four leadership characteristics (or dimensions as the author calls them) are vision, courage, reality, and ethics. One chapter is devoted to the explanation of each dimension. The book is divided into three parts: (1) the need for greatness in the corporate sector; (2) a detailed explanation of the leadership diamond; and (3) A number of applications of the leadership diamond to various business and personal situations. The relatively brief reference list relies heavily on the classics in philosophy and the popular press such as Time, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal. Highly readable, this book will be of interest to students, professionals, and general readers interested in the topic of leadership.-P. D. Albro, Castleton State College
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Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
The Authorp. xix
Introduction--The Oath of Inner Greatness: Nine Keys to Business Wisdomp. 1
The Model: What Is Inner Greatness?
Foundations of Leadershipp. 17
The Leadership Diamond: Four Strategies for Greatnessp. 41
Vision: Thinking Big and Newp. 62
Reality: Having No Illusionsp. 91
Ethics: Providing Servicep. 112
Courage: Acting with Sustained Initiativep. 136
The Context: The Search for Greatness
Confronting the Challengesp. 169
Developing the Mindp. 185
Implementing the Leadership Diamondp. 206
The Real World: Leadership Strategies in Action
Building Individual Skillsp. 233
Expanding Organizational Skillsp. 255
Diamond Relevance to Current Crisesp. 287
A Leadership Resource: Tips for Achieving and Sustaining Inner Greatnessp. 327
Referencesp. 357
Indexp. 361
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