Summary of Leadership Sustainability

Seven Disciplines to Achieve the Changes Great Leaders Know They Must Make

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Leadership Sustainability book summary
How leaders can inspire, drive and sustain change.


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Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood’s newest, relatively short addition to leadership literature offers something original: You can learn how to prevent new initiatives from becoming yesterday’s news. To that end, they focus on “sustainability” as well as change. The authors’ program for keeping your initiatives fresh and active is clear, simple, manageable and doable. They cite and explain seven “disciplines” every leader of any organization can adopt to generate and sustain meaningful, lasting change. getAbstract recommends their plainspoken advice to leaders working to implement agile, well-timed, measurable and sustainable change. Ulrich and Smallwood always deliver value and insight; they can help you change the way you change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the five rules of the “leadership code” are,
  • How to make leadership development and change last over the long run, and
  • How you can apply seven actionable disciplines to make change stick.


Starting Is Easy. Sustaining Is Hard.
People and firms can change, but they rarely stay changed. Yet organizations must innovate and adapt. Lasting change is possible when leaders get the basics right. First, follow the five rules of the “leadership code,” and then apply the seven “START...
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About the Authors

Leading HR expert Dave Ulrich is a business professor. Norm Smallwood is a prolific writer and strategist. Both consultants, they founded the RBL Group in 2000.

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