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The Best in Us: People, Profit, and the Remaking of Modern Leadership Hardcover – July 2, 2012
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About the Author
Cleve Stevens has worked in leadership development for twenty-five years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the UC Irvine, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in social ethics from the USC. Cleve has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level and has published numerous articles on leadership and the psychology of leadership. Dr. Stevens is the founder and president of the Los Angeles based leadership consulting firm, Owl Sight Intentions, Inc.
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While the content is focused on mastering what he calls Transformative Leadership (TL), this book is not just for people in leadership roles. It is a call for all of us to lead, not manage, our lives. As Cleve points out, most people in positions of authority are not true leaders. To be a transformative leader we must first transform ourselves and he skillfully shows us how to do this.
What I most appreciate about The Best of Us is that it did not reduce leadership to a list of characteristics or action steps but rather confronts each of us with the truth of what it means to be a leader, which means being the best we possibly can be. If you think you already are achieving your full potential, I strongly recommend that you read this book and you will know that you are not.
I also appreciate the ongoing and clear distinctions that Cleve makes throughout the book: leading vs managing; transactional vs transformational leading; option vs possibility; responsibility vs accountability; and team vs functional group to name a few.
Cleve clearly exemplifies the principles he is talking about through the way he shares the concepts and style in which he writes. It is straightforward that at times is "in our face" without any BS.Read more ›
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Hugely derivative drivel. It's not to say that there are not some useful nuggets embedded, but you've probably seen them elsewhere. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Lane
As a professor and director of education I have read hundreds of books, studies, and articles on the topics of leadership, identity, psychology, neuroscience, and self-development. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr. Stevens
Great book! Easy read! Very interesting and thought provoking. The author does a Fantastic job of tying in his personal life experiences to finding 'The Best In Us' as it relates... Read morePublished 16 months ago by JAL
This book is excellent; it is life-changing if you are committed to doing your homework.Published 16 months ago by MJ