"A true breakthrough approach to contemporary leadership. The content enables awareness, development, understanding, and application of six competencies essential to guiding organizations through today's complex and ever-changing business environment. Further, it enables levels of individual and organizational introspection vital to the change and adaptation required in leading and managing through complex challenges."
--Michael A. Barker, executive director of leadership development and executive staffing, Verizon Communications
"No one in any managerial position can ignore this wonderful book, which teaches in a most practical-and interesting-way how to lead and manage effectively. Using real-life examples, the authors painstakingly detail a step-by-step methodology which will literally transform your thinking and take you into the exciting world of creative leadership!"
--Kirpal Singh, professor and director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Singapore Management University.
"The creative process has been captured at last, and what a ride. True to the best of learning theory, elegantly simple. A must-read for leaders with the courage to walk on the edge."
--Bernice McCarthy, president, About Learning, Inc.
"Horth and Palus understand the critical role leaders play in creating an environment for productive social engagement in turbulent times. Their practical advice is a must-read for leaders at all levels."
--Kevin E. Kirby, vice president for administration (health sciences), Columbia University, and former executive officer, National Institutes of Health
"The manager just tapped to become a senior leader may have an abstract fear of the new, and a new fear of the abstract-giving rise to questions that begin with 'How do I?' This book maps new avenues to thoughtful and meaningful answers to some of the more befuddling of these questions."
--Hunton Tiffany, chairman, The Fauquier Bank, Warrenton, Virginia.
"The consciousness of leadership and its effects on any organization is more important than ever in our world of increasing speed, complexity, and unpredictability. This book is a valuable contribution to help apply efficient leadership in today's world."
--Ingar Skaug, president and CEO, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines AS, Norway
"This well-written book moves beyond creativity theory and provides the reader with enabling tools that will greatly assist in developing creative individuals and environments. Through a series of engaging techniques the authors have given us new ways of stimulating the creative impulse that is resident in all of us. Highly recommended."
--Maurice Terry, president and CEO, Guelph Food Technology Center, Guelph, Canada
"The authors' collaboration has produced a 'work of art,' a useful, simple look at six key competencies everyone should explore and apply."
--Michael A. Cafasso, president and CEO, Pueblo Bank and Trust, Pueblo, Colorado
"At last, a full-spectrum palette for all sorts of creative leaders. This book feels like one of those beautiful Italian artist's sets I sometimes see--full of high-quality paints, brushes, and delightful surprises, practically guaranteed to produce living rainbows."
--David Barry, professorial chair of organizational creativity, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
The tasks faced by organizations today are increasingly complex, and leaders find themselves faced with challenges from all sides: accelerating technology, deregulation, mergers and acquisitions, shifting demographics, new business models, and an uncertain economy. Indeed, to many these challenges seem insurmountable, because traditional management skills are simply not enough to cope with them. The Leader's Edge offers a breakthrough approach to dealing with such situations, showing how to tap into a set of unique creative competencies that are necessary to survive and thrive in this turbulent environment.
Based on seven years of research on several hundred individual leaders and teams from a variety of industries and disciplines, The Leader's Edge identifies the insight, skills, techniques, and wisdom that separate true leaders from merely effective managers. The key to truly creative and successful leadership, say Charles J. Palus and David M. Horth, lies in adding six key competencies to traditional leadership skills: paying attention, personalizing, imaging, serious play, collaborative inquiry, and crafting. The authors reveal how any leader can access and use these sensibilities and skills to make sense of rapid change and complexity-and thus provide an invaluable "leader's edge."
The Leader's Edge will help managers recognize the competencies they already have and develop them further. It will give them a practical understanding of how the creative competencies, when integrated with traditional skills, are vital to the essential process of making sense. And it will show them how to help their organizations and communities develop and use these competencies to create shared understanding, and so better navigate and resolve complex challenges.