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Best Leadership Strategies for a Multiplicity of Situations

  • Jun 14, 2011
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The 8 Dimensions of Leadership
DiSC Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader

By: Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard and Emma Wilhelm
Berrett BK Koehler Publishers


The work cites 8 Dimensions of Leadership vital to success.
All 8 dimensions need to be incorporated into a successful leader's
approach toward problem solving.  The dimensions are pioneering,
energizing, affirming, inclusiveness, humility, deliberation, resolute
and being in command. There are pitfalls to each dimension and
the book cites them exhaustively.

For example, an energizing leader will take the chance on new ideas
to promote greater growth or exploit untapped potential. An inclusive
leader will be diplomatic, accepting and patient. The downside of
too much inclusiveness is analysis paralysis.


Deliberate leadership tends to be systematic in the approach.
Caution and analysis are the order of the day. The downside is that
deliberate leaders tend to be risk averse. Resolute leaders tend to
question authority, take an independent stance and challenge the status
quo. The important aspect is to be resolute in the right course of
action.


Pioneers like to maneuver in uncharted territory. Proponents of the
Space Program were pioneers. Without their risk taking, many
theories in science could never have been tested outside the
earth's atmosphere. Without  pioneering in the heavens, we would
know very little about deep space and extensive natural gas sources
on the periphery of Saturn.


Energizing leaders place a premium on a pleasant atmosphere and have
low tolerance for negative emotions. Without some organizational
conflict, the best decision options cannot be thrashed out, discussed
and decided for the benefit of everyone
.  An affirmative leadership
places importance on building morale. Proponents of this style tend to
be averse to organizational conflict. Once again, some organizational
conflict is necessary to arrive at the best decisions.

The authors make us aware of the strengths, weaknesses ,
opportunities and downsides of various leadership elements and styles .
In fact, this is a primary strength of the book. A weakness of the
presentation is that the authors do not devote enough attention
to the organizational design, vertical / horizontal conflict and
performance assessment by management. 

These aspects may over-ride some of the meritable theories set forth
in this presentation. In addition, the book doesn't relate merit pay to
the accomplishment of the difficult goals set forth.  Without merit pay
and a definitive system of rewards devoid of non-performance bias,
the accomplishment of anything major in an organization is less likely.


In addition, there is an organic organizational design which is
non-bureaucratic and ideally suited for complex analytical tasks
which are multi-disciplinary in nature and span the organization
horizontally. Since this environment tends to be very fluid
and prone to changed conditions, the approach to problem
solving must be open to all 8 leadership dimensions in addition to
a systems analysis regimen applied toward problem identification
and resolution .


The book has an excellent set of references.  The concepts are
explained in simple language. There is a minimum of technical jargon.
The price is reasonable for the value of the information contained.

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June 20, 2011
Great review, J! @ pointed me here, too. Very insightful highlights.
June 20, 2011
Thank you for the kind words.
 
June 20, 2011
@ sent me a link to your review and I agree. This sounds like an invaluable tool. Thanks!
June 20, 2011
The book is a gem. The review in combination with reading the book will provide a very unique perspective for readers.
 
June 17, 2011
This is a must read article for those of us who fall into leadership roles. Excellent review, Joseph. I'm going to pass the review url to some friends I think would enjoy it. I'll have to look for this book when I have more free time.
June 17, 2011
I agree wholeheartedly. Everyone in a leadership role should take a serious look at this book.
June 18, 2011
I hope the people I sent the review to enjoy it as much as I did. :)
June 18, 2011
I'm certain that each will enjoy the book and profit from having read it.
June 28, 2011
Agree. :)
June 28, 2011
Thank you for the kind comment.
June 28, 2011
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“Presents convincing evidence that the best leaders are not ‘single celled’ or ‘one-trick ponies.’ Leaders will discover new behaviors that enable them to go beyond their autopilot approaches and the ultimate ruts that so many dig for themselves.”
—Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger Folkman, and coauthor of the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach

“The quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are, and one of the best places to begin that quest is with The 8 Dimensions of Leadership.”
—Jim Kouzes, Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, and coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Truth about Leadership

“An enormously valuable book—I was stunned by its ability to hit home for me in so many aspects of my own current leadership challenges and opportunities.”
—David Allen, Chairman, David Allen Company, and author of Getting Things Done
 

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