The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead

ISBN: 978-1-118-63653-4
240 pages
April 2013, Pfeiffer
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May 13, 2013

A Simple Structure for a Complex Subject: Leadership

Based on six years of research of leadership best practices, The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead (Wiley; 978-1-118-63653-4; May 2013; e-book available) is a new work that presents a simple structure that neatly captures the complexity of contemporary leadership thinking.

The Work of Leaders boils the work that leaders do down to three areas: crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. Vision, Alignment, Execution (VAE) — The Work of Leaders defines, demystifies, and contextualizes each of these “magic words,” and sets up the three key “drivers” for each step of the VAE process. The book further introduces key behaviors that leaders can use as they approach each step of the model and provides specific strategies for improving leadership effectiveness.

Recognizing that leadership is one of the most studied areas of organizational development, the authors draw from the best-known leadership authorities, while leveraging their access to data from thousands of leaders and followers and their connections to hundreds of organizational development consultants.

In addition to proprietary research, The Work of Leaders relates illustrative examples and real-world scenarios that bring the VAE process to life. Each chapter includes data tables, anecdotes, and quotes from key thinkers to add interest and depth to the discussion.