What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner

By Robert Steven Kaplan
You might believe that leaders are born, not made. Perhaps you think that you need to hold an important job to be a leaderthat you need "permission" to lead. Leadership is one of the most important aspects of our society. Yet there is enormous disagreement and confusion about what leadership means and whether it can really be learned.
As Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan explains in this powerful new book, leadership qualities are not something you either have or you don t. Leadership is not a destination or a state of being. Leadership is about what you "do," rather than who you are, and it starts with an ownership mind-set. For Kaplan, learning to lead involves three key elements:
Thinking like an owner
A willingness to act on your beliefs
A relentless focus on adding value to others
Kaplan compellingly argues that great organizations are built around a nucleus of people who think and act with an ownership mind-set. He believes that leadership is not a role reserved only for those blessed with the right attributes or situated in the right positions of power. Leadership is accessible to each of ustoday. It requires a process of hard work, willingness to ask questions, and openness to learning.
This book aims to demystify leadership and outlines a specific regimen that will empower you to build your leadership skills. Kaplan tells real-life stories from his own experience of working with various types of leaders seeking to improve their effectiveness and make their organizations more successful. He asks probing questions, provides exercises, and suggests concrete follow-up steps that will help you develop your skills, create new habits, and move you toward reaching your unique leadership potential.
"What You Really Need to Lead" will help you develop your capacity to lead by unlocking your power to think and act like an owner.

ADVANCE PRAISE for "What You Really Need to Lead" ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, professor, Harvard Business School; author, "MOVE" and "Confidence" "What You Really Need to Lead" is like having your own personal coaching sessions with a very wise and highly successful leader. Rob Kaplan offers down-to-earth advice about the virtues of listening, engaging others, and taking responsibility, through meaningful, engaging stories. ROBERT J. BEALL, President and CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Rob Kaplan understands that leadership is not just about taking action it s also about asking the tough questions again and again, listening with an open mind, and bringing othersregardless of rankinto the decision-making process. For anyone interested in truly owning their professional and personal growth as a leader, "What You Really Need to Lead" provides an outstanding and very practical guide. ALAN MULALLY, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; former President and CEO, Ford Motor Company Rob Kaplan captures the elements of effective leadership throughout an organization that continuously delivers increasing value for all stakeholders through a reliable process in a rapidly changing world. NARAYANA MURTHY, founder, Infosys Rob Kaplan s book is a must-read for every manager throughout the world. He uses compelling, real-life case studies to help managers understand critical facets of leadership and to become highly effective, empathetic, and successful leaders. MITCHELL E. DANIELS JR., President, Purdue University; former Governor of Indiana You ll probably see something of yourself in Rob Kaplan s real-world case studies, and you ll definitely be a more capable and confident leader after you ve absorbed and applied his road-tested, highly practical principles. ERIC GREITENS, Navy SEAL; "New York Times" bestselling author, "Resilience" If you want a tough, wise, and capable coach who can help you to become a better leader, then crack open Rob Kaplan s excellent new book. You ll strengthen yourself, and you ll have a more powerful impact on the lives of those you lead. "


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Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 09/15/2015
Pages 224
ISBN-13 9781633690554
ISBN-10 1633690555
Language English