Summary of The Leadership Triad

Knowledge, Trust and Power

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The Leadership Triad book summary
Your employees form their reactions to you based on knowledge, trust, and power. Trust the powerful knowledge here for insights into their thoughts, and actions.


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Dale E. Zand’s book effectively reviews the key elements of organizational leadership in the new management era. He intelligently discusses three major components of leadership - knowledge, trust, and power - in great detail. He uses straightforward examples to reinforce the principles presented. This is a valuable book for leaders who have experience in traditional management, and want to understand how and why they need to change. recommends this book to managers on any level who need a non-guru approach to leadership in the knowledge economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the Leadership Triad of the new knowledge economy is
  • Why a knowledgeable leader can never know enough
  • Why transferring power is not the same as relinquishing power
  • Why leaders who strive to maintain a status quo are likely to be beaten by the competition


Harnessing the Leadership Triad
The leadership triad is comprised of knowledge, trust, and power. Effective leaders harness these three forces in running an organization. You can harness knowledge by knowing "how to gain access to the knowledge of others," though you must then...
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About the Author

Dale E. Zand is a professor of management and the former chairman of the department at the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a management consultant to major corporations and a director of the Newfield Exploration Company. He is the former chairman of the Organization Development Division of the Academy of Management and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the Harvard School of Business.

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