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Most leaders claim to consult with their teams and say they want everyone’s input. In reality, most leaders act like tin-pot dictators – assuming that people who don’t agree with them are always wrong. Organizational psychologist Roger Schwarz explains why some executives adopt this self-destructive, unilateral – and often oblivious – management style. He proposes a “mutual-learning mind-set” that helps leaders become as open-minded as they claim to be for better results all around. Some of the author’s recommendations are laughably impractical, like urging team members to explain out loud why they’ve just used negative body language, like rolling their eyes. However, that doesn’t detract from the insightful advice at the core of the book. Schwarz demonstrates a rare understanding of the negative aspects of leadership, how people can recognize those aspects in themselves and how they can change their behavior for the better. getAbstract recommends this book to team leaders and team members.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why team leaders should avoid “unilateral control”;
  • Why leaders should adopt the “mutual-learning mind-set”; and
  • How to manage your team for more effective, collaborative results.

About the Author

Organizational psychologist Roger Schwarz is president of Roger Schwarz & Associates, a leadership team facilitation consultancy, and author of The Skilled Facilitator.



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    Very Good Book! Muy buen Libro!
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    Arden Bond 5 years ago
    Excellent read!! Roger does a great job of identifying and quantifying the differences of the 2 types of leadership and makes a compelling case for the mutual learning mindset!

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