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The Elephant in the Boardroom

How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success

Edgar Papke


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"When leaders fail to confront conflict, they become the 'biggest elephant' in the room."

In a survey of more than 4,000 CEOs, executives, and managers, more than 90 percent admitted they were uncomfortable confronting or engaging in conflict.

Yet leaders must realize that every conflict presents an opportunity to reach higher levels of performance. In The Elephant in the Boardroom, award-winning leadership psychologist Edgar Papke explores the unique and challenging relationship that leaders have with conflict, and offers the know-how needed to use conflict as the engine of innovation and creativity. As a result, you will learn how to act courageously and be better equipped to lead and win in today's complex and turbulent world.

The Elephant in the Boardroom will help you:

  • Better understand the unique relationship leaders have with conflict.
  • Gain the self-knowledge required to confront conflict and attain higher levels of leadership performance.
  • Learn how to foster cultures of openness and higher accountability.
  • Identify the sources of dysfunctional conflict to create constructive change effectively.
  • Learn to use a proven, seven-step model for effectively managing and leveraging conflict.

    Are you ready to confront the "big elephant in the room," and manage the elephants living and thriving in your organization?

  • Praise For The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success

    "If you want an organization that owns teamwork and drives true innovation--this book is required reading. In typical Papke fashion, Edgar brings the deepest ideas to the surface in a pure, readable, easy-to-use fashion. The Elephant in the Boardroom is one of the most powerful books you will find on leadership."
    --Dan Barnett, global speaker/consultant on "Make or Break Execution"
    — Reviews

    "It's not just enough to be a good leader--we must face change, complexity, and conflict with strength and wisdom. Papke's perceptive guide will lead you through conflict to the innovation that will follow. No book prepares you better!"
    --Marshall Goldsmith, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Triggers and global best-sellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
    — Reviews

    Career Press, 9781632650153, 224pp.

    Publication Date: October 19, 2015

    About the Author

    Edgar Papke is a student and teacher of leadership and the human art of business. He coaches and consults with leaders and their teams in a wide range of industries and institutions. Edgar is a globally recognized, award-winning speaker and author known for his authenticity and innovative approach. He is the author of True Alignment: Linking Company Culture to Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results, and has written extensively about conflict management and resolution. He has degrees in organizational psychology, international business administration, and the culinary arts. Edgar resides in Louisville, Colorado.