When jobs change at the stroke of a pen and compromising is often easier than
taking the high road, courage is the key individual and organizational
competency that defines the high performers. With team-based structures and
cross-functional mandates creating ambiguity and conflict, and when it's safer
to pass the buck than to accept accountability, organizations rise and fall
based on the courage they inspire from the top down, the bottom up, and the
The Courage to Act
puts the art of acting with courage within reach of anyone who wants to achieve
extraordinary results at work. From fieldwork that has spanned four continents
and dozens of countries – from Fortune 100 corporations to the Israeli military
– comes a simple, elegant, and powerful five-factor model of acting with courage
when faced with everyday moments of truth, and individual strength and character
are put to the test. With thought-provoking case studies, the authors' unique
Courage Index questionnaire, and other hands-on tools,
The Courage to Act
offers a simple yet dynamic approach for assessing, fostering, teaching, and
learning courage. In an engaging and
lively way, Klein and Napier, both management consultants, detail the five
factors needed to face adversity, deal with ambiguity, seize opportunities
before they get away, and work through rather than avoid conflicts. These
factors are candor, purpose, will, rigor, and risk.
Courage isn't a spectator sport. The Courage to Act can be more than "a good read;" it may inspire you to accept the mantle of courage yourself – and do one more thing to lift your colleagues out of their collective complacency.
Nothing to Fear: Lessons in Leadership from FDR
by Alan Axelrod
(Portfolio, Penguin Group) Purpose and
Principle. Hard Fact and Hard Responsibility. Credibility. Change. Motivation.
Confidence and Courage.
In business and in life, these principles, among others, directly affect who we are and the way in which we conduct ourselves publicly and privately. Simply, they are both guidelines for and predictors of success, as they were for the man who was arguable the greatest American leader of the twentieth century – Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Nothing to Fear, the bestselling author of
Elizabeth I, CEO and Patton on
Leadership, Alan Axelrod, renowned historian, biographer and business
writer, examines the unparalleled leadership qualities of FDR, a man who would
come to exemplify the kind of decency, bravery, and relentless courage it took
to lift America out of the Great Depression and steer it through the darkest
days of World War II, even as he battled a debilitating illness of the public
stage. The leadership of FDR transformed the most perilous years of the
twentieth century into what many Americans regard as our finest hour.
Axelrod distills Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life and career into fourteen themes containing a wealth of practical lessons for successful leadership in the boardroom and beyond: Purpose and Principle; Hard Fact and Hard Responsibility; Credibility; Making Contact; Refusing Defeat; Plain Speech and Good Talk; Preparation and Risk; Change; Motivation; Making Everyone Count; Self-Interest and Self-Sacrifice; Confidence and Courage; Knowledge and Self-Knowledge; and Progress and Prediction. In the kind of clear, elegant language for which he has come to be known, Axelrod provides a vehicle for learning, understanding, and putting into practice what it was that made FDR one of history’s greatest leaders – and managers. Nothing to Fear is packed with eminently quotable and supremely practical maxims, such as:
Nothing to Fear is sure to be an inspirational and frequently cited
volume for private and public leaders and managers at all levels.
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