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Lead More, Control Less: 8 Advanced Leadership Skills That Overturn Convention Paperback – October 12, 2015
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“As a firm believer in overturning convention, I want to endorse this radical approach to leadership. Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff provide insight, guidance, and support for leaders who practice what I call ‘conscious leadership’ while aspiring to make a positive difference and enable people to grow. I highly recommend this book to fellow leaders on this journey.”
—John Mackey, cofounder and co-CEO, Whole Foods
“Controlling people never makes great things happen. I have found that applying the principles in this book takes patience, time, and imagination. The result is always rewarding and well worth the effort.”
—Jesper Brodin, Global Head of Range and Supply, IKEA
“For over two decades I have applied Weisbord and Janoff’s principles in making public policy and practicing good governance. Theirs is not just a way of leading others but a way of living life more fully.”
—Aideen McGinley, Northern Ireland Trustee, BBC Trust, and Trustee, Carnegie UK Trust
Leading experts Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff describe eight highly effective leadership skills that confound conventional views―you can be a more effective leader if you give up trying to change or control people.
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Lead More, Control Less captures the highly regarded team’s life’s work, that of helping individuals lead ways that bring out the best in others by creating and maintaining environments that help people work to their full potential not because they are ordered to but because they see that doing so makes sense. The book outlines 8 practical and effective techniques that principles of adult learning to management and leadership: by treating people like intelligent adults, they are more likely to make intelligent and well considered decisions in collaborative ways. The eight techniques tap into the power and creativity of the group so that they can move forward to futures they envision and plan collaboratively. The techniques are ones that are not immediately obvious, as they seem counter-intuitive, in that they give ‘control’ of the process to the participants to help them do what needs to be done in ways that work for the participants. Utilizing these techniques truly does unleash tremendous potential in those one seeks to lead.
Lead More, Control Less is an essential and important resource for leaders, managers and consultants; a practical guide for “changing the world, one meeting at a time”, to quote its esteemed authors.
Currently I am serving as a regional manager (District Superintendent) for a number of urban, suburban, resort and rural congregations. I plan to have a number of groups, pastors, congregational and community leaders, utilize this book- to study and practice these new skills together.
Have you ever, in this deeply polarized milieu, with an extended campaign season and news coming daily of the many challenges of our time, exclaimed; "there must be a better way!"?-Marvin and Sandra provide stepping stones to a deeper, relevant, relational, result producing new way of leading. This book provides resources for leaders to engage their organization and wider stakeholders to accomplish their mission. Those that read this book will discover an easily accessible and totally applicable field guide to transform themselves as leaders and a resource for engaging and transforming their organization or community. Thanks Marv and Sandra for providing this book as a way to get a handle on well-reasoned, deeply resourced skills, that have been widely tested and continue to produce profound transformation and world enriching returns on investment.