Summary of Total Leadership
Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life
Copyright 2008 Steward D. Friedman. Summarized by permission of Harvard Business Press
Be an agent of positive change in all facets of your life by becoming a “total leader.”
Stewart D. Friedman’s leadership treatise eschews the standard corporate-centered lessons and, instead, takes a holistic approach. His program focuses on helping you improve your performance in four “domains”: “work, home, community and self.” Once you identify your “core values” and align your actions with these values, you can achieve harmony in all the areas of your life and excel as a leader. Friedman provides readers with a take-home version of the Total Leadership workshop he developed and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. His narrative comes with self-directed exercises and relatable stories about others who’ve taken this journey. getAbstract recommends this worthwhile trip to leaders, potential leaders and anyone who craves a more well-rounded life.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to take a holistic approach to leadership by improving your performance in the four life “domains”: “work, home, community and self”
- How to make “authenticity, integrity and creativity” the foundation of your actions as a leader
- How to use the “Total Leadership” program and its exercises
About the Author
Stewart D. Friedman has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School since 1984, and in the late 1990s, while on leave from Wharton, he was director of the Leadership Development Center at Ford Motor Company.
Comment on this summary
9 months agoThis is a good summary of the essence of the book. The 4 domains are not esoteric and a good balance of them based on "who" is the self will avoid the obsessive. This is something that can be done in one's mind, but it is always practical to thoughts on paper to review and assess.
A must for professionals in need of leadership and personal skill enhacement.
3 years agoi wish to get full summary
5 years agoTotal Leadership is an excellent self-analysis book. It prescribes the steps you can take to understand your values, the importance you demonstrate by your actions on the 4 “domains”, how to act with integrity, be creative and reflect & grow.
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