Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders

By Alan S Berson, Richard G Stieglitz
Conversation techniques and tools that can help strong managers become great leaders

Often the very same skills and traits that enable rising stars to achieve success "tenacity, aggressiveness, self-confidence" become liabilities when promoted into a leadership track. While managers' conversations are generally transactional and centered on the task at hand, leaders must focus on people, asking great questions and aligning them with the vision for the future. Leadership mindsets and skills can be developed, and Leadership Conversations provides practical guidance for connecting with others in ways that transform each interaction into an opportunity for organizational and personal growth. Identifies four types of conversation every leader must master: building relationships, making decisions, taking action, and developing others Provides an action plan for boosting your personal leadership potential, as well for developing leadership skills in others Draws on the authors' rich experience coaching and working with leaders at a wide range of organizations, including NASA, the U.S. Navy, intelligence agencies, Boeing, Gillette, Bausch & Lomb, and Georgetown University

"Leadership Conversations" is required reading for both high-potential managers looking to make it to the next level and leaders looking to develop their people.


"In their brilliant new book, "Leadership Conversations," Alan Berson and Richard Stieglitz offer proven methods, instructive examples, and provocative questions that enable leaders to engage in more meaningful conversations--the kinds of conversations that produce innovative solutions, cause deep self-examination, and stimulate disciplined development. I highly recommend this book to leaders at all levels. When you apply the principles and processes in "Leadership Conversations" it will transform your relationships and your business." --James Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling "The Leadership Challenge," and Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

""Leadership Conversations" is a powerful tool executives can add to their arsenal to help them connect with their followers, thereby bringing their own unique philosophy into practice to meet today's critical leadership challenges."--Jason Wingard, Ph.D., vice dean of executive education, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

""Leadership Conversations "gets at the essence of leadership versus management and is a critical read for managers who must develop leadership skills. The ultimate lesson is recognizing and learning what you don't know."--Donald E. Stone, Jr., PE, CEO, Dewberry

"Grounded in a belief that leaders need to master themselves, credibly lead work, and manage human systems, "Leadership Conversations" is a great resource for coaches and leaders alike. Coaches would do well to share it with the leaders they coach, as it offers thought-provoking ideas, tips, and ways to rethink and reimagine leadership, all aimed at greater well-being and success."--Christine Wahl, M.A.Ed., MCC, founder, leadership coaching program, Georgetown University

"In our time-constrained world, full of electronic communications, it is more important than ever for an aspiring leader to be able to conduct face-to-face conversations that unite organizations and make t


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About the Hardcover

Publisher Jossey-Bass
Publish date 02/04/2013
Pages 301
ISBN-13 9781118378328
ISBN-10 1118378326
Language English

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