Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World

Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World Review

If leaders are made, not born, what is the best way to teach the skills they need to be effective? Today's complex times require a new kind of leadership--one that encompasses a mind-set and capabilities that can't necessarily be taught by conventional methods. In this unique leadership book, Sharon Daloz Parks invites readers to step into the classroom of Harvard leadership virtuoso Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues to understand this dynamic type of leadership and experience a corresponding mode of learning called "case in point." Unlike traditional teaching approaches that analyze the experiences of past leaders, case in point uses individuals' own experiences--and the classroom environment itself--as a crucible for learning. This bold approach enables emerging leaders to work actively through the complex demands of today's workplace and build their skills as they discover theory in practice. Through an engaging, you-are-there writing style, Parks outlines essential features of this approach that can be applied across a range of settings. In the process, Leadership Can Be Taught reveals how we can learn, practice, and teach the art of leadership in more skilled, effective, and inspired forms. Sharon Daloz Parks is director of leadership for the New Commons--an initiative of the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, WA. She has held faculty and research positions at the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Title:Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World
Edition Language:English

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  • Sandy H

    Although an interesting exploration of Heifetz's teaching methods and how they intersect with his students learning and experiencing adaptive leadership theory in the classroom, I found her extrapolat...

  • Margie

    Uses a course in leadership taught at Harvard by Ron Heifetz to illustrate how leadership can be taught. Outstanding book for those interested in the praxis of leadership....

  • Khaled Saifullah

    The book that made my job tougher, though for good cause....

  • Fred Rose

    Somewhat interesting. It's odd that this book was written about a course and process, done by someone else, not the author. Sounded a bit like hero worship. Teaching in the moment, or case-in-point, h...

  • Mike

    Ron Heifetz is clearly one of the seminal leadership scholars, practitioners, and teachers in the field today. This superb volume, by Sharon Daloz Parks, takes off from where his two previous books (L...

  • Kristin

    I read this book in preparation for attending a symposium by the same name. I think the book has a really limited audience...those interested in a bold new method of teaching leadership...but, it's fa...

  • Ovick Alam

    So far, a thrilling read. Amazing class, breath-taking methods, and what Ron Heifetz's doing, is awfully difficult. ...

  • Matt Rawlins

    A great book on leadership. ...

  • Shane

    Case-in-point, reflective learning is reminiscent of verbatim reflective exercises while doing Clinical Pastoral Education. A very effective tool when applied to teaching leadership....