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In a time when the reputation of an organization or a leader can be shattered by the click of a mouse, transparency is often a matter of survival in a world of global competition. But as stakeholders in different organizations increasingly clamor for transparency, what are they truly asking for? What is the promise of transparency? What are its very real risks? And why is it essential that leaders understand it? In this book, distinguished authors Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and James O'Toole explore what it means to be a transparent leader, create a transparent organization, and live in an ever more transparent world culture.
In three interconnected essays, they examine transparency from three different vantage pointswithin and between organizations, in terms of personal responsibility, and finally, in the context of the new digital realityall with an emphasis on how these relate to leaders and leadership. The first essay explores an urgent dilemma for every contemporary leader: how to create a culture of candor. The second essaywith the provocative title "Speaking Truth to Power"discusses a prerequisite for transparency and a responsibility we too often fail to fulfill. The final essay explores how digital technology is making the entire world more transparent.
Combining theory and experience, this book offers both a long view of transparency and a wealth of practical advice. The ideas in each chapter will make anyone both a better follower and a better leader.
Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor is a compilation of three essays from organizational behavior and management luminaries musing on the advantages and... Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Brittany Turner
The many instructive, illustrative business stories remain the highlight of this book for me. O'Toole's section on 'Speaking Truth To Power' , while difficult to put in practice... Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by Bill Wiersma
Interesting views. Definately would love to see some of these ideas work in the real world.Published on June 7, 2010 by Jeremiah Siebert
I found Bennis et al.'s book to be extremely useful in identifying and disucssing why creating or changing an organization's culture to one of transparency is necessary. Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by P. Duncan
I won't be buying this either, due to a lack of a Kindle version. I will likely scan it at the library if I happen upon it again. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Principal
' Was humored by the jargon, adages, maxims and quips, for example some generic "none of us is as smart as all of us", "imperial nakedness", "old saw", and some... Read more
At 144 pages, you could finish this slim volume in an evening. Its three, smoothly written essays combine to make an engaging book. Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Rolf Dobelli