John P. Kotter on what Leaders Really Do

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Harvard Business Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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A Harvard Business Review Book. Widely acknowledged as the world's foremost authority on leadership, John Kotter has devoted his remarkable career to studying organizations and those who run them, and his bestselling books and essays have guided and inspired leaders at all levels. Here, in this collection of his acclaimed Harvard Business Review articles, is an astute assessment of the real work of leaders, as only John Kotter can offer. To complement the HBR articles, Kotter also contributes a new piece, a thoughtful reflection on the themes that have developed throughout his work. Convinced that most organizations today lack the leadership they need, Kotter's mission is to help us better understand what leaders--real leaders--do. True leadership, he reminds us, is an elusive quality, and too often we confuse management duties and personal style with leadership, or even mistake unworthy leaders for the real thing. Yet without leadership, organizations move too slowly, stagnate, and lose their way. With John Kotter on What Leaders Really Do, readers will learn how to become more effective leaders as they explore pressing issues such as power, influence, dependence, and strategies for change.
 

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A quick read of several Kotter articles on leadership published in HBR throughout the years. It also includes an introduction to tie ti all together. The articles are all good and seem to give some ... Read full review

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Contents

Leadership at the Turn of the Century
1
Choosing Strategies for Change
29
What Leaders Really Do
51
Why Transformation Efforts
75
Dependency and Networks
93
Managing Your Boss
123
What Effective General Managers Really Do
143
Notes
173
About the Author
183
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John P. Kotter is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is the Konosuke Matashusita Professor of Leadership at the Harvard Business School and was one of the youngest people in Harvard history to receive full professorship. Kotter's works include Power and Influence: Beyond Formal Authority, The Leadership Factor and Corporate Culture and Performance.

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