Person-Centered Leadership: An American Approach to Participatory Management

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Sage Publications, Apr 11, 1996 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
Why hasn't TQM (total quality management) worked as well in the United States as it has elsewhere? In the United States, employees seem to prefer recognition of individual achievement over recognition of the work team. Could the American cultural emphasis on the individual be a crucial factor? This engagingly written book demonstrates that the recent participatory management failures are the result of a lack of appreciation role of rugged individualism. Offering an alternative, person-centered leadership, which puts the individual at the very center of the management approach, Plas demonstrates effective, psychology-based, person-centered management techniques through use of contemporary examples - many of them drawn from her research and consulting work with successful U.S. businesses and CEOs.

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Contents

Hearts Hands Spirits Minds
19
Historical Perspectives on the Relationship
41
Teamwork and Individualism
75
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Plas is a member of the Psychology and Human Development faculty at Vanderbilt University, where she has been associated with clinical and community psychology training for 20 years. Dr. Plas has been a consultant to such diverse organizations as General Motors, Newfoundland Light and Power, the California Financial and Banking Network, Dow Jones & Co, and the U.S. Army. Currently, her research, writing, and consulting activities are connected to the development of participatory management and leadership strategies that fit within corporations and countries that value individualism as much as teamwork.

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