Leadership on the Line

Leadership on the Line

Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

By Ronald A. Heifetz; Marty Linsky (Joint Author)

Harvard Business School Press, Hardcover, 9781578514373, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002

Description

To lead is to live dangerously. It's romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life. It requires putting yourself on the line, disturbing the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict. And when people resist and push back, there's a strong temptation to play it safe. Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned. But it doesn't have to be that way say renowned leadership authorities Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. In Leadership on the Line, they show how it's possible to make a difference without getting "taken out" or pushed aside. They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival. Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether parent or politician, CEO or community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.



About the Author
Heifetz serves on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is the Founding Director of the school's Center for Public Leadership.

Linsky is on the faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is Faculty Chair of many of the school's executive programs.


Praise For Leadership on the Line

Widely acclaimed book” The Huffington Post