"...former Medtronic CEO and smart leadership thinker Bill George loved it, and I have to think someone who's been studying the topic since at least the 1960s would have something smart to say." (Washington Post
, October 2010)
From the Inside Flap
In this follow-up book to the best-selling Driven, Harvardprofessor Paul Lawrence applies his four-drive theory of humanbehavior to the realm of leadership, explaining howleadership—like all human behavior—can be understood asa function of the balance, or lack of balance, of four basic humandrives: the drive to acquire, to defend, to comprehend, and tobond. We achieve an optimal state of leadership when all fourdrives are cultivated and balanced.
In this next-step resource, Lawrence uses historical examplesand current leadership crises to explain how the balance of thefour drives results in one of three types of leadership:
Good leadership: The best leaders, followers, andstakeholders fulfill the four drives in a balanced manner.
Misguided leadership: These leaders, followers, andstakeholders fulfill one or some of their four drives whileignoring or supp-ressing the others.
Evil leadership: Defines leaders who are missing thedrive to bond and have influence over others and only fulfill theirdrives to acquire, defend, and comprehend.
Driven to Lead explains the biological underpinnings ofleadership behavior and offers a compelling discussion of thehistory of leadership. It examines the critical turning points inthe leadership of political institutions, the rise of thecorporation as the leading economic institution, and the leadershipof religious, artistic, and scientific organizations.
Based on theories that are universal, testable, and actionable,Driven to Lead brings to light a general theory of humanbehavior that can be used to cultivate good leadership and leaderswho have a balance of the four drives.