Leadership and the Quest for Integrity by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr., Richard R. Ellsworth

By Joseph L. Badaracco Jr., Richard R. Ellsworth

What distinguishes leaders from usual managers? The authors current 3 unique philosophies of management - political, directive, and values-driven - advocating every one in flip to problem the reader's personal assumptions. via vast interviews with executives, the authors exhibit how leaders who carry definite prejudices or predispositions can get to the bottom of vintage managerial dilemmas.

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Organizational realists disagree. Outstanding managers must be astute organizational politicians because a company is often a political arenanot some sort of ideal family. People in companies Page 15 jockey, push, and bargain to advance their interests and those of the units they head. In our interviews with senior executives this basic trait of company life surfaced time and time again. This chapter sets forth the assumptions underlying political leadership and describes its practical implications.

An incompetent or corrupt manager can be perfectly consistent. But certain beliefs, actions, and aspirations are much more likely than others to lead to outstanding results. The prejudices we advocate reflect these beliefs. Actions based on the prejudices simply translate these beliefs into practicein the uncertain, often turbulent life of managers. In short, prejudices are a way of making integrity alive, powerful, and effective in a world of dilemmas and conflicting philosophies of management.

The bargains struck to resolve conflicts send powerful signals about future directions. They are part of the pattern of action that defines and communicates a company's strategy. People note carefully who appears to have won or lost and act accordingly. The bargains also determine, often in small increments, a company's competitive strengths and areas of vulnerability. Managing Day by Day How do general managers spend their days? The idealized professional manager does it this way: The professional manager in America exists above the industrial din, away from the dirt, noise, and irrationality of people and products.

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