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The market may be saturated with books about business leadership, but Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal move into fresh territory with this beautifully written, inspirational and practical guide. They impart advice on understanding workplace dynamics and nuances, and emerging as an effective leader. The book offers ample evidence to support the authors' basic assertion: Managers struggle because they have an idealistic approach that fails to account for organizational politics and intangible workplace factors, such as values, creativity and passion. The authors contend that managers who are unwilling to "play the game" will inevitably stumble and never realize their leadership potential. The book's wisdom and insight are built on the real-life lessons and experiences of dynamic leaders. getAbstract warmly praises this book and recommends it to any leader or potential leader who is willing to take a good, long look in the mirror.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to embrace and integrate two unique leadership dynamics;
  • Why warriors and wizards are important and different; and
  • Why a combination of confidence and passion is the key to effective leadership.

About the Authors

Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal are also co-authors of Reframing Organizations and Leading with Soul. Bolman teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Deal, who retired from the University of Southern California faculty, now writes and makes wine.



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