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The Leadership Factor Hardcover – January 11, 1988

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In General Managers ( LJ 5/15/82) and Power and Influence ( LJ 7/85), this highly respected author studied the personal and interpersonal skills necessary for effective managers. In this third book, Kotter discusses the need for leadership at all levels of management and describes the kind required for the United States to remain competitive. He explains how business is changing and the impact of these changes on leadership, makes recommendations based on research findings, and unlike other writers on this subject, shows how to implement the recommendations step by step. Strongly recommended.Grace Klinefelter, Ft. Lauderdale Coll., Fla.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (January 11, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029183316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029183311
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, speeches, and company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations, and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Professor Kotter's MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship - the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. Over the past thirty years, his articles in The Harvard Business Review have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during that time period. Most recently, his HBR article "Accelerate!", won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world's most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Today, he continues to deliver seminars in Harvard Business School's Executive Education Programs, which are sometimes regarded as life changing by his students.

Kotter has authored 18 books to date - twelve of them bestsellers. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions. Arguably his most popular book, Our Iceberg is Melting, was released in 2006. This New York Times bestseller helped launch to a large audience the 8-step philosophy behind Kotter International. Written as an allegory, it is a simple, yet unforgettable story about a group of penguins on a melting iceberg and the changes they undertake to survive and thrive amidst an unclear future. This story connects with a broad range of people needed to effect major organizational transformations in an easily understood, clear way. Kotter International aims to do the same. Dr. Kotter is the founder, and Head of Research at Kotter International. Other widely read books include "A Sense of Urgency", "The Heart of Change" and "Leading Change", which Time magazine selected in 2011 as one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written. Professor Kotter is currently working on writing his 19th book.

To supplement his books and expand on his ideas, Kotter has released several videos on his teachings, most of which are accessible to anyone interested in his work via YouTube. His "Succeeding in a Changing World" video was awarded Best Video Training Product of the Year by Training Media Review and also won a Telly Award. His YouTube videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands and continue to be a helpful tool for anyone from students to high-level executives in the business world.

Kotter's research and pursuits in education, business and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of "millions leading, billions benefiting".

Professor Kotter is a proud father of two and resides in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Nancy Dearman.

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Format: Hardcover
When this book was written, the winds of change for companies were just beginning to blow hard. Competition was getting tougher and coming from more places. Customers were becoming harder to please. Rapid changes in business environments created great dislocations. The enormous task of making enterprises more efficient was in its early stages. Many laggard companies were starting to show up.
The prior business concept had been to find a good way to deliver goods and services, gain market share, and make that concept ever more efficient. As business conditions became more turbulent, it became more important to adapt to the conditions than to make the existing concept more refined.
Professor Kotter quickly realized that leadership would be a much more important function in responding to such an environment. In this book, he focused on the new leadership tasks, better ways to get them accomplished, and how to strengthen and deepen leadership.
Although this is a conceptual book, its imaginings are solidly based in empirical research. 150 managers from 40 firms were interviewed about leadership subjects. Over 900 top-level executives reponded to a questionnaire about leadership, and how to make it more effective. Fifteen companies were studied for best practices. Five corporations were used as examples of how to improve in attracting, developing, and retaining leadership.
What does he mean by leadership? "For the purposes of this book, leadership is defined as the process of moving a group (or groups) in some direction through mostly noncoercive means."
What are the pressures that create the need for more leadership?
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I read this book some years ago when I just started my business and had no clue what leadership was. Many know the term, but very few actually practice it. And that's what this book is about, the scarcity of people with great leadership. Learn how to recognize it and learn from the people who show it.

To get an idea, single out some very good leaders in sports. You can instantly single out some athletes, but then the list will stop as quickly as you started it. In business, it is even harder to get good leaders. Most business compete within the same league, but have no match-ups to get to know their talent. This will cause you to be restricted within your own organization for most of the time.

This tremendous compelling book shows best practices from some of the largest companies and show their pain in the continuing pursuit of excellent leadership. This will make or break any organization in the long run.
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This is another in several good leadership books by this author. Emphasizes the importance of leadership in all groups and settings.
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As a young, aggressive manager, this book helped me make breakthrough improvements for my (former) employer, Eastman Kodak Company. As a result I got promotions, raises, etc. It is only 161 pages, made its points consisely and convincingly, and I profited immensely.
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