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Learning to Lead: The Art of Transforming Managers Into Leaders (Jossey-Bass Management) Hardcover – August 14, 1992


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"Assume you're seriously interested in figuring out how to evaluate the many different approaches to leadership training. Fortunately, Jay Conger has provided a starting point."

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An insider's evaluation of some of the most popular leadership development programs offered today. Educator, author and consultant Jay Conger offers executives, human resource professionals, and consultants personal insights into the role training plays in leadership development.
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  • Series: Jossey-Bass Management
  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (August 14, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555424740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555424749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Schwerdt on September 28, 2007
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This book really was an analysis of several leader development programs as they existed a decade or so ago. I'm sure it was more helpful then than it is now.

It can be helpful to read a book like this if you are interested in how to assess the value of those types of programs or how to develop them, but it should now be read not for the particulars of those that were covered (they've all changed to a degree, some considerably), but to gain an appreciation for how to approach leader development programs in general.
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I was favorably disposed toward Conger's compelling analysis in "Learning to Lead" before I began reading his book. I've been thoroughly impressed by his work thru' several articles he's written (one of which synthesizes the highlights of this book-length exposition in a shorter essay form).

"L to L" is essentially a "connoisseurship study," with Conger himself in the primary role of scholarly expert/participant-observer. He writes parts of "L to L" in the first person, as he relates his experiences in several of the most popular leadership training programs available on the market today. But he supplements these more subjective impressions w/ more objective critiques of these programs in light of his more scholarly knowledge re: leadership education, as well. The result is a highly engaging, rewarding reflection that blends the immediacy of a compelling autobiography with the longer view and broader perspective of a savvy social-scientific treatise.

Conger has mastered all the salient leadership literature during his long academic career. He thus knows extremely well the subject(s) he writes about here. Yet he complements this professorial persona in "L to L" with his more human, accessible side, too. His readers are thus treated to a very balanced, nuanced appraisal of the major pros & cons of most of the most popular leadership-training approaches one finds being practiced today.

Conger uses the direct personal experience of training participants (plenty of others that he and his staff have interviewed, as well as his own) to ground the theory that informs his analysis. He understands the premises that undergird the various approaches he writes about, so he is able to illuminate the limitations as well as the inherent potential of each. I understand that Dr.
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