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Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading Hardcover – April 18, 2002
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According to Heifetz and Linsky, "To lead is to live dangerously because when leadership counts, when you lead people through difficult change, you challenge what people hold dear -- their daily habits, tools, loyalties, and ways of thinking -- with more to offer perhaps than a possibility. Moreover, leadership often means exceeding the authority you are given to tackle the challenge at hand. People push back when you disturb the personal and institution equilibrium they know. And people resist in all kinds of creative and unexpected ways that can get you taken out of the game: pushed aside, undermined, or eliminated.Read more ›
I believe that "Leadership W/out Easy Answers" is one of the top 5 works on leadership. I recommend it highly to any and all leaders, managers, and students with professional aspirations. "Leadership on the Line" reiterates several of the previous book's compelling themes--but with a more informal, user-friendlier tone. I'd recommend that discerning readers sample this (more recently published) one first, and then proceed to Heifetz's earlier title (publ'd in 1994) if they're curious to read more.
In their "Introduction" to this new volume, Heifetz and Linsky explain that "We wanted this second book to be more focused, more practical, and more personal [than "L'ship W/out Easy Answers"]. We hope this book will be accessible, eminently usable, and inspiring in your work and life." Happily, they've accomplished their mission this time around, too!
This narrative is even more readable, more anecdotal, and less jargon-laden than its "more academic" predecessor. It should thus reward an even broader audience of readers (including more committed "generalists").
If one of James MacGregor Burns's seminal contributions to the field was the distinction between transactional and transformational leadership, Heifetz's elucidation here of "adaptive vs. technical leadership" merits similar distinction, in my view. "Leadership on the Line" speaks to the heart and soul as well as the mind. Most of us are likely to have plenty to glean from the incisive leadership insights it offers.
Anyone who is trying to lead people in today's troubled times knows, from brutal experience, that leadership is a risky business. But, of course, in a theological context, proclaiming the gospel has always been risky business. (Remember what happened to Jesus?) Heifetz and Linsky offer an assessment of the dangers that are routinely faced by a variety of different types of leaders -- managers, activists, presidents of countries, CEOs of multinational corporations, parents, executives, career military, teachers, principals, clergy, and many more. The heart of the book describes in detail five effective responses to the dangers. Four concluding chapters offer suggestions of how to take care of yourself, body and soul, in the midst of leadership.
If you are a leader, read this book. And don't just read it and then put it back on your shelf. Absorb this book. Soak in it. Turn to it time and again. You'll be glad you did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great book and I think it fits perfect with the book Practice of Adaptive Leadership by HeifetzPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I started reading this book as an assignment. I ended up leaving impressed and engaged. This book does help you get a different perspective on what it takes to be a leader.Published 2 months ago
Simply a great read for the aspiring executive or the seasoned and jaded leader. This book gives practical advice, illustrates its application with real world examples from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erin Mclean
Leadership on the Line is incredibly helpful and insightful. The distinction between technical problems (that can be fixed with a change in strategy) and adaptive problems (that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SpikeLived
This book addresses the harsh realities of what leadership is. It also discussed concepts that aren't addresed in other books.Published 4 months ago by Elisa Morales
I found a lot of value in this book regarding leadership techniques. If you like illustrative stories, you will enjoy this book because each technique is fleshed out with several... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nathan Fairchild
Excellent book for current and future leaders. The authors paint a realistic picture of the benefits and challenges of leadership.Published 5 months ago by rvmelmer