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Inside the Leader's Mind: Five Ways to Think Like a Leader (Financial Times Series) ePub download

by Liz Mellon

  • Author: Liz Mellon
  • ISBN: 0273744186
  • ISBN13: 978-0273744184
  • ePub: 1491 kb | FB2: 1661 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Management & Leadership
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2011)
  • Pages: 232
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 736
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Inside the Leader's Mind: Five Ways to Think Like a Leader (Financial Times Series) ePub download

Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader

Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader. Drawn from the collective wisdom of 20 world-class leaders, Inside the Leader's Mind shows you how to think your way to the very top. ‘These five ways of thinking like a leader are so obvious it is a wonder someone hasn’t thought of them before. Follow this advice and you will become a better leader. Maurice Duffy, CEO, blackswan.

Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader

Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader. Practical and straightforward, Inside the Leader's Mind will show you how to Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader. Practical and straightforward, Inside the Leader's Mind will show you how to think differently so you can become a world-class leader.

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Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader.

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Inside the leader’s mind. Pearson education limited. First published in Great Britain in 2011. Pearson Education is not responsible for the content of third party internet sites. ISBN: 978-0-273-74418-4. British Library cation Data A catalogue.

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Acceleration, Redesign & Readiness. Resources for Getting Started. Liz Mellon, Duke University. Redesign Readiness Checklist. Choosing the Right Solutions for Your Redesign. If You're an Educator.

Inside the Leader's Mindreveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader. Drawn from the collective wisdom of 20 world-class leaders, Inside the Leader's Mind shows you how to think your way to the very top.

Practical and straightforward, Inside the Leader's Mind will show you how to think differentlyso you canbecome a world-class leader.

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"Let's cut to the chase" is the first line in Chapter One of Liz Mellon's thought provoking book. It sets the tone for what is a refreshingly direct approach to understanding how leaders think, not just behave.

Dr. Mellon immediately gets to the point and outlines five key principles for being a successful leader. She presents these guidelines in a number of fashions; in the beginning of the book, by employing a "before and after template" and through a personal evaluation containing provocative questions that make you think.

Straight forward doesn't mean boring. Her approach brilliantly interweaves personal stories and revealing interviews with today's global leaders from a cross section of businesses including Tom Albanese, CEO, Rio Tinto - Irene Dorner, President and CEO of HSBC Bank US and Dennis Nally, Chairman of the PwC International Network to name a few.

As actions speak louder than words, this book puts you into the leadership space of business and provides a realistic picture of how these five principles are applied in business.

We read a lot about how business leaders behave, but learning how they think is a gift that Dr. Mellon has prepared for anyone who wants to gain an insight on how those in charge succeed.
Rocky Basilisk
An amazing book from a person I had the chance to meet and learn from her!
Mojind
Inside the Leader's Mind: Five Ways to Think Like a Leader by Liz Mellon

In Gilbert & Sullivan's "Mikado," the Emperor reflects on an appropriate punishment for "compassing the Heir Apparent:" "Something lingering, with boiling oil in it, I fancy." No doubt many would describe this as a suitable punishment for authors who dare to add another volume to the literature on leadership. These reflections were at the top of my mind when I started to read Liz Mellon's book on leadership - with some trepidation, as I have consumed many unappetizing tomes on the subject. I was surprisingly rewarded, not with boiling oil, but a compelling book with a unique slant on leadership.

Liz Mellon has the knack of writing in a way that is easy and thought-provoking at the same time. The book is clearly and crisply written, without harsh tones. The author promises, and follows through on, talking about leadership mainly through the stories of the CEOs she interviewed and has worked with. Quotes from most CEOs are banal or too simple to be of an earthly use, but Mellon has managed to engage these CEOs in talking about the passion they have for leading and helps them embed their reflections and comments into impactful stories.

Inside the Leader's Mind has done something important and essential for the field of leadership studies. It reminds us of the importance of the leader's cognitions (i.e., thinking). What a relief! Leadership studies have become infested with books and articles about how leaders behave and the traits that make up good leadership. According to common wisdom, the successful leader is the person who has mastered 7 to 700 key leadership skills. If this is the case, a leader's mind must surely be what William James called "a blooming buzzing confusion." Liz Mellon has not adopted the reigning behaviorist nonsense that we can study or explain only what we can observe; instead she provides a valuable and important service by reminding us that leaders think, and that their thinking has an impact on their behavior. I do wish the author had gone further and also talked about the impact of the unconscious on the leader's behavior, but this would have been decidedly unpopular, so I can understand her reticence in pursuing this avenue.

Taking us into the world of how senior leaders think is a substantial advance in understanding leadership. First, the author is able to distinguish between successful senior leaders and the leaders who have reached the pinnacle as CEOs of their organizations. Liz Mellon argues convincingly that there is a huge difference between what we have always thought of as one similar grouping. In this sense, she has gone some distance in answering the question posed to Jim Collins, "can you learn how to be a Level 5 leader?" Since the author has delineated five areas that distinguish CEOs from other senior leaders, leaders who aspire to the top of their company/profession now have a clearer roadmap of some of the mountains that need to be scaled in order to reach the top.

The five core areas that Liz Mellon has built her book around are: 1) no safety net 2) comfortable in discomfort 3) solid core 4) on my watch, and 5) I am the enterprise. One of the factors in the book's impact is the way in which the author has synthesized these important themes and the way that the book uses each central theme to create a more complete (more systemic) view of leadership. I will focus on "on my watch" and "I am the enterprise," since I find that these issues are often neglected or ignored in the literature on leadership.

"On my watch" - Liz Mellon describes the importance of a leader's focusing on the past, present and future. Although a good deal has been said and written about the need for leaders to focus on the future, rarely has there been much emphasis on the past. In our hyper-paced world, the past is seen as obsolete, old school, irrelevant, dead. Liz Mellon illustrates convincingly that the most successful leaders understand the past and seek to integrate it into the present and the future. My friend and colleague, Kenwyn Smith, in one of his well-known paradoxes, states, "in order to move forward, preserve the status quo." Many leaders and CEOs have been left shipwrecked on the shores of the present because they did not take this paradox to heart. Liz Mellon understands the importance of the past. In addition to the over used, but true, quote, "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it," Mellon accurately describes the impact of recognizing an organization's history as a prerequisite to moving forward.

"I am the enterprise" - Few leaders understand this or are able to make the transition from leading their line of business or their part of the organization, to lead the enterprise. Russ Ackoff would be pleased to see Mellon highlighting the importance of this way of thinking, as it is another way of describing systems thinking. A clear deficit of many senior leaders and some CEOs is that they are not able to think about the whole enterprise. Some of them have pet projects, business lines, etc. and keep promoting those to the detriment of the whole. Liz Mellon gives appropriate attention and weight to the difficult task of thinking like the enterprise.

The book has many other aspects to recommend it, and I include an abbreviated list below:

* Highly readable, a crisp and engaging style
* Five clear and well-described ways that the most senior leaders think
* The five ways of thinking are verified through interviews with CEOs
* The five ways of thinking are amplified through extensive quotes and stories from the CEOs interviewed
* The book highlights some issues that are often neglected
* Provides a very useful table in the appendix that clearly differentiates between how senior leaders think and how CEOs think
* Provides ways for senior leaders to honestly assess whether they are CEO material

Liz Mellon has made a real contribution to a field that is currently overgrown with many mutant and mindless books on leadership.

Dana Kaminstein, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty, Organizational Dynamics Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Madi
Inside the Leader's Mind: Five ways to think like a leader.

This excellent book is written in a very lively, talking style. An easy read with a complex yet clear message. The stories are real, on a learning pace, with actionable, practical examples and suggestions. Every chapter ends with a self-reflective assessment for the reader with pointed questions and direct relevance to the way leaders think.

Liz Mellon has done what others have not been able to do. In spite of many useful competence and capability frameworks from many researchers and consultants in the past decades, few have been able to get into the mind of leaders in the way we experience it in this book. It was never going to be easy to describe the way that leaders actually THINK when they are at the cusp of power and leading their organizations through growth, change, and globalization.

Based on a few decades of experience as a professional educator and advisor, Liz Mellon has elicited from the leaders how they actually think and what the preconditions are for their revelations.
The book illuminates the pattern of thoughts that successful leaders appear to employ. The example stories illuminate the subcategories of the five ways that form the construct of what makes leaders tick when they make decisive moves that steer their organizations through periods of turmoil and success.
Through the stories from the leaders we learn that several of them have particular strength in one or another way of thinking. At the end of the book, we see the entire thinking framework that the author has drawn up for us and readers/leaders will be intrigued by the framing of their own way of thinking that, once codified in this book, can be reproduced and thus learned by others in your organization.
Many of the interviewed leaders respond to the author's `five ways to think like a leader' and find instant references and extrapolate helpful tips for themselves and the reader. This in turn strengthens the process that the author shares with us.

The book turns out to be a great read with lots of tips, and stories from well renown leaders of industry, and insights that should inspire many leaders to search deep inside of themselves to organize and express their own way of thinking and with it, motivate many others in their organizations around the world. Required reading for students, aspiring, and practicing leaders around the world.
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