Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?: What It Takes to Be an Authentic Leader

By Rob Goffee, Gareth Jones
Are "you" an authentic leader?
Too many companies are managed not by leaders but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What would it take to replace these empty suits with real leadersmen and women who are confident in who they are and what they stand for and who truly inspire people to achieve extraordinary results?
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones argue that leaders don t become great by aspiring to a list of universal character traits. Rather, effective leaders are "authentic" they deploy individual strengths to engage followers hearts, minds, and souls. Authentic leaders are skillful at consistently being themselves, even as they alter their behavior to respond effectively to changing contexts. In short, the authors present a powerful case: that it takes being yourself, in context, with skill to be a successful, authentic leaderand they show you how to do exactly that.
In this lively and practical book, Goffee and Jones draw from extensive research to reveal how to hone and deploy your unique leadership assets while managing the inherent tensions at the heart of successful leadership: when to show emotion and when to withhold it, how to get close to followers while maintaining an appropriate role distance, and maintaining your individuality while conforming enough to gain traction and lead change. Underscoring the inherently social nature of leadership, the book also explores how leaders can stay attuned to the needs and expectations of followers.
"Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?" will forever change how we view, develop, and practice the art of leadership, wherever we live and work.


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Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 11/03/2015
Pages 256
ISBN-13 9781633691087
ISBN-10 163369108X
Language English