Visionary leadership: creating a compelling sense of direction for your organization

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Jossey-Bass, 1992 - Business & Economics - 237 pages
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The great visionary leaders - people like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Alfred P. Sloan - have been those who could develop a unique vision that attracts commitment, inspires people, revitalizes organizations, and mobilizes the resources needed to turn vision into reality. Modern leaders know that there is no more powerful engine for driving an organization than an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision of the future, widely held. Leadership expert and best-selling author Burt Nanus shows why vision is the key to leadership and demonstrates how any leader can use a logical, step-by-step process to create and implement a powerful new sense of direction in his or her own organization. Drawing together major findings from leadership, strategic management, and futures studies as well as his own extensive research and consulting experience, Nanus uses practical examples to show how to perform a "vision audit" to determine your organization's current direction, how widely it is supported, and where the organization is headed if it continues on its current path; analyze the opportunities and threats to your vision presented by employees, customers, investors, and managers; anticipate changes in the economy, society, and technology that suggest possible new directions for the future of your organization; formulate alternative visions and choose the one that is best for you, your organization, and all its stakeholders; turn vision into action by overcoming resistance to change and winning employee enthusiasm and support; and monitor and track the vision once it is implemented and know when it requires revision. Visionary Leadership is an indispensable guide for leaders at all levels, from top executives to heads of divisions and departments, from large corporations to small businesses, from manufacturing and service organizations to government and nonprofit institutions. Nanus demonstrates that "human behavior in organizations is very much shaped by a shared vision of a better tomorrow; developing and promulgating such a vision is the highest calling and truest purpose of leadership."

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Designed for individual leaders to develop their own vision statement, this book guides readers through the mechanics of forming a vision, guidelines for developing the scope of the vision, and processes for implementing that vision. Read full review

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