Today’s business, political, and not-for-profit worlds are plagued by a leadership disease – the overly simplistic view of leadership as something that resides in one person, or a few people, who influence lower-level subordinates. This wrong-headed view of leadership is dangerous – it fosters corruption, abuse of power, and the waste of human talent. Twisted Leadership offers a cure for this leadership disease.
The book shows you that leadership is a dynamic, complex social process, not just a role occupied by an individual at the top. You’ll learn how to combine four practical strategies – self, super, shared, and socially responsible leadership – to create a new kind leadership that can be exchanged among all members of an organization based on the context, goals, knowledge, experience, or general needs of everyone involved. It’s the ultimate cure for the leadership disease.
Learn how the leadership disease was originally contracted what damage it can do, why today’s common approaches to leadership practice aren’t good enough, how to view leadership as a process, not just a role, and how to use the four strategies of twisted leadership to treat the disease.
The book concludes with prescriptions to facilitate sustainable twisted leadership. You’ll discover how the lines between leaders and followers (who often know more and are in a better position to exercise leadership over themselves and others at key points in work processes) have become blurred. And after reading this book, you’ll see that a new kind of leadership has arrived, just in time.
CHARLES C. MANZ, Ph.D., is the Nirenberg Chaired Professor of Leadership in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to his academic work, he is a speaker, consultant, and bestselling author of more than 20 business books.
CRAIG L. PEARCE, Ph.D., is the Ben May Distinguished Professor in the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama. In addition to his academic work, he is a speaker, consultant, entrepreneur and the author of Share, Don’t Take the Lead and the editor of The Drucker Difference and Shared Leadership.