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Description - Leadership and the Quest for Integrity by Joseph L. Badaracco

What distinguishes leaders from ordinary managers? The conventional answers are charisma, skill at professional management, or the ability to change one's style to fit the situation. This book challenges these assumptions. Drawing on extensive interviews with nationally recognized CEOs, the authors explain how certain prejudices can guide managers through the complex, rapidly changing world in which they work. In the opening chapters, they describe three distinct philosophies of leadership: political leadership, directive leadership, and values-driven leadership. These philosophies contradict each other, highlighting classic managerial dilemmas - vexing problems that managers face every day. In the second part of the book, the authors show that resolving these dilemmas is in fact a matter of integrity: a daily quest for consistency among one's personal beliefs, vision for an organization, and behaviour. Managers who approach these issues with certain prejudices - that is, biases to handle these problems in particular ways - are on the surest path to leadership.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780875844084
ISBN-10: 0875844081
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Harvard Business Review Press
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joseph L. Badaracco

Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr., is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School where he teaches courses in strategy and business ethics in the School's MBA and executive programs. He has taught in executive programs in the US, Japan, and many other countries and has spoken to a wide variety of organizations on issues of leadership, values, and ethics. He is also the Housemaster of Currier House at Harvard College, the Chair of the M.B.A. Elective Curriculum, and the author of Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right.

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