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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118140982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118140987
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From the Back Cover



“Bolman and Deal’s The Wizard and the Warrior could be your secret weapon. Read. Learn. Then lead with confidence.”
—THOMAS KELLER, chef and owner, The French Laundry; author of Ad Hoc at Home and Bouchon Bakery

“The ‘gold standard’ for looking at leadership. The Wizard and the Warrior is about fighting the good fight, but not losing sight of the magic—it is about making the word flesh. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about becoming a better leader.”
—PAUL D. HOUSTON, former executive director, American Association of School Administrators


“No two authors are better equipped than Bolman and Deal to address and answer the seminal dilemma of our time: the difference between making a living and making a life. They lead the way to discover how to lead a spirited life.”
—WARREN BENNIS, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California

“Bolman and Deal understand something that too many of us are destined to figure out too late in life: the organizations where we work are filled with living, breathing, feeling human beings, people who need more than a paycheck, more than a performance review, more than a promotion. Until we realize this, we cannot truly lead; we can only manage.”
—PATRICK LENCIONI, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business


Reframing Organizations is considered by many to be a modern masterpiece… [It] is the kind of book that forces you to view organizational life from a different viewpoint and new reality.”

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ptrkfav20 on August 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bolman and Deal begin their book stating, "Good thinking is the start of good leadership." They go on to say, "Leaders who can reframe - look at the same thing from multiple perspectives - think better." They also point out, "Reality is what each of us believes it to be." The authors then help us to conceive our reality in different ways. Bolman and Deal have long professed there are four "frames" through which leaders must assess their organizational environment - the structural, human resource, political, and symbolic frames. In this eminently readable book the authors have provided many stories of how leaders in well known business settings utilized a particular frame, for success or failure.
Warren Bennis said it far better than I, " If you would be a genuine leader in today’s crazy-quilt environment, you must challenge yourself to think about things in new or different ways." Bolman and Deal's new book will no doubt help any of us in leadership positions to consider "reframing" our "reality" in new and different ways.
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Format: Hardcover
Superb. Very enthusiastically recommended for anyone interested in (especially business) leadership.
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