"...one of the best leadership books of the year. The pair blend anecdotes, cultural references and hard facts to stunning effect, even if their findings aren't always new" (People Management, October 2014)
From the Inside Flap
How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing uses compelling, contemporary examples to show how better thinking is the key to better leadership. Leaders who can reframe capture a sharper image of what’s going on around them and understand what they need to do to achieve the results they want. Bolman and Deal’s influential four-frame model of leadership and organizations—developed in their bestselling book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry Choice, and Leadership—offers leaders an accessible template for understanding four major dimensions of organizational life: structure, people, politics, and culture. Tapping into the power of the imagery enables leaders to decode the messy world in which they live, see more options, tell better stories, and find more powerful leadership strategies. Case examples of leaders like Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Howard Schultz at Starbucks, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Ursula Burns at Xerox, and the late Steve Jobs of Apple provide concrete lessons that readers can put to use in their own leadership. The book’s lessons include:
- How to use structural tools to organize teams and organizations for better results
- How to build motivation and morale by aligning organization and people
- How to map the political terrain and build a power base to navigate the partisan struggles in organizations
- How to develop a leadership story that shapes culture, provides meaning, and inspires people toward a shared purpose.