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A. Raelin's Creating Leaderful Organizations: How to Bring Out Leadership
in Everyone presents a new paradigm of leadership that is based
on mutual rather than heroic and solitary leadership.
How to Bring Out Leadership in Everyone
what this means, think of a time when you were with a team that was humming
along almost like a single unit. Working together was a joy. Each team
member had a particular functional role but seemed able implicitly to
support others when warranted. Any one of the team members could speak
for the entire team. On occasion, you might have heard someone remark
that this team was "leaderless." To the contrary, Creating
Leaderful Organizations explains that this team was likely operating
on the revolutionary concept of "leaderful practice."
In this age
of lean operations, of doing more with less, leadership may be the most
desperate problem faced in organizational life. Raelin shows that leadership,
reimagined in a mutually inclusive way, can help to solve many of the
problems encountered in work life today. This new form of leadership that
Raelin describes responds to our seemingly chaotic world by bringing out
the best of the human condition. While many people have suggested that
leaders consult with their followers, or that leaders learn to step aside
to let others take the reins, Raelin advocates a truly mutual model that
incorporates everyone in leadership-that transforms leadership from being
an individual property into a leaderful practice.
from a variety of progressive organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, The
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Johnson and Johnson, UPS, The Peace Corps,
Harley-Davidson, Virgin, and Dell Computer, Raelin offers practical guidance
and an easy-to-implement framework for preparing for leaderful practice
by distributing leadership roles, developing individuals to assume leaderful
practice, and dealing with employee and manager resistance. Creating
Leaderful Organizations reveals the benefits of adopting the leaderful
approach, both in terms of its contribution to the bottom-line as well
as its appeal to fundamental collaborative, human instincts.
JOE RAELIN is
the Asa Knowles Chair at Northeastern University. A practical scholar and
popular speaker, Joe is, understandably, now helping managers promote leaderful
development. He has more than twenty-five years of experience working as
a management consultant with a wide variety of organizational clients. Most
recently, he has sponsored a set of unique executive development series
that promotes leaderful practice by using work-based learning methods.
publications include Work-Based Learning: The New Frontier of Management
Development (Prentice-Hall, 2000), The Salaried Professional:
How to Make the Most of Your Career (Greenwood/Praeger, 1984)
and The Clash of Cultures: Managers Managing Professionals
(Harvard Business School Press, 1991). The Clash of Cultures
is considered to be a classic in the field of managing professionals.
He is also North-American co-editor of the journal, Management Learning.
Among his most notable accomplishments was receiving the John Wiley "Best
Paper Award in Management Education," at the 1994 Academy of Management
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