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The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps for Achieving Individual and Organizational Greatness Hardcover – August 25, 2005
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It's a new world: after decades of evolution, the leadership theory taught by business schools across the country seems hardly recognizable anymore. Would-be CEOs, it seems, can no longer content themselves with beating competitors, winning market share, and growing profits. In this new world, the most effective leaders are expected to exercise keen emotional intelligence and do nothing else than help improve the lives of colleagues and surrounding societies. Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee popularized this idea with their bestseller, Resonant Leadership, and those who enjoyed that book will likely want to investigate fellow academic C. Clinton Sidles addition to the literature, The Leadership Wheel
Sidle's ambitions become clear early in the book, when he quotes not just pedestrian business leaders but Czech playwright and Nobel laureate Vaclav Havel. "The salvation of this world lies nowhere else but in the human heart Without a global revolution of consciousness nothing will change for the better, and the catastrophe towards which this world is headed will be unavoidable." Sidle's leadership theory begins from a sweeping view of human nature and what he describes as the "evolutionary urge to become." The Cornell professor uses historical examples from a variety of fields to illustrate his point that when this urge becomes directed only to self-aggrandizing ends, people become dissatisfied. We must search for greater purpose. In that purpose, Sidle argues, leadership finds it truest extensions, and society finds its greatest value.
The "leadership wheel" to which the book's title refers rests on 5 roles, or stages, through which leaders develop. Sidle has developed his research on the roles through an extensive consulting practice and years of work with Cornell's MBA students, and many businesspeople will find the concepts familiar and resonant with other, similar exercises they may have done. Like many good business books, Sidle's calls not just for reading but active participation. The text contains numerous exercises and quizzes on which readers can explore their leadership personae and "fit" with different segments of the leadership wheel, and many will appreciate this hands-on approach to learning.
Throughout the text, Sidle exhorts his audience to embrace the emergent realities of the leadership environment: the fact that old command-and-control structures have lost ground to less hierarchical and more democratic organizational designs, and that leadership students are increasingly required to understand and even to speak language of self-actualization, both for themselves and their followers. While not all will agree with Sidle's ideas, few will be able to deny their popularity in today's world, and the need to adapt to them in one way or the other. Reading The Leadership Wheel provides a good start. --Peter Han
“Clinton Sidle reminds us that leadership development is not merely a one-time event but a critically important journey for individuals, teams, and organizations--a demanding process that requires the cultivation of genuine self-knowledge. The Leadership Wheel's call for enlightened and socially responsible leadership will benefit managers and executives at all levels and challenge them to lead more authentically.” ―John Alexander, President, Center for Creative Leadership
“The Leadership Wheel provides a vision of enlightened leadership by pulling together the three spokes of authentic leadership--the leader, the organization, and society--into one integrated process. The Leadership Wheel is a great tool to navigate leaders and organizations toward sustainable value creation.” ―Kevin Cashman, CEO, LeaderSource and author of Leadership from the Inside Out and Awakening the Leader Within
“The Leadership Wheel reaffirms the critical importance of having the basis for leadership development being self awareness, self-discovery, and a deep inner journey that circles back through life to enhance one's self development, the development of others, and performance. The Leadership Wheel demonstrates through numerous exercises how leadership development can be learned each and every day.” ―Bruce Avolio, Director, Gallup Leadership Institute
“This book is worth reading for its very comprehensive and human way of viewing leadership. What gives even more value is the way Sidle shows precisely how to use the Wheel in working with teams and leaders. The book is a valuable asset for anyone committed to developing leaders.” ―Peter Block, author of The Answer to How Is Yes and Stewardship, and co-author, with Peter Koestenbaum, of Freedom and Accountability at Work
“The Leadership Wheel reveals an inspiring and original five point picture of what it takes to be an emotionally intelligent, resonant leader. Clint Sidle has managed to combine fresh and important insights with practical advice for developing resonant leaders, great teams, and vibrant, successful organizations. Great exercises!” ―Annie McKee, Co-Chair of the Teleos Leadership Institute
“Clint Sidle's model offers an inspiring and genuinely new approach to servant leadership. This lively, engaging book challenges people to rethink their roles and the purposes of business. The Leadership Wheel clearly demonstrates that financial success and socially responsible business are not mutually exclusive. Best of all, chapter exercises guide the reader on how to make it happen at the individual, team, and organizational levels.” ―Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager® and The Servant Leader
“ . . . if more business scholars and business people would actually practice the approach outlined by Sidle it just might revolutionize the way business is conducted because it would significantly alter the way leaders are trained and developed!” ―Dr. David L. Luechauer and Dr. William B. Locander of Jacksonville University
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I learned of the Medicine Wheel from a student of Sun Bear, this presented another practical and life changing use of the Wheel.
It's really dumb. I think it would be difficult to write a book that has as little insight as this one. The 5 different leadership types might as well be horoscopes. It's all just a bunch of made up stuff about leaders that Sidle claims MUST be true because it's all supposedly found in multiple cultures (which by the way he provides little evidence of other than anecdotes).
I read this book because I was a candidate for a scholarship at Cornell which the author runs. I would not have read this otherwise and I would not recommend it to anyone. It's just silly.
If you want to read a book about leadership read something by Carnegie - at least there's real advice in that one.