Leadership Solutions: The Pathway to Bridge the Leadership Gap
September 2007, Jossey-Bass
Leadership capacity has emerged as a key source of competitive advantage in today's economy. But many organizations struggle to develop the capacity they need to succeed. This book offers concrete and precise strategies to close the leadership gap. It explains in detail how to conduct a leadership analysis, determining exactly where the gaps are in both organizational and individual leadership; analyzes the challenges a company faces; helps in understanding an organization's leadership deficit; and generates leadership solutions tailored to the organization's particular needs and shortcomings.
Part One: Leadership.
Chapter 1. The Leadership Gap Persists.
Chapter 2. Leadership Capacity.
Chapter 3. The Three Dimensions of Leadership Capacity.
Chapter 4. The Individual Leader Dimension: The Holistic View of Leadership.
Chapter 5. The Individual Leader Dimension: The Five Capabilities of Holistic Leaders.
Chapter 6. The Organizational Practices Dimension.
Chapter 7. The Leadership Culture Dimension.
Part Two: Solutions.
Chapter 8. The Pathway Forward.
Chapter 9. Step1: Determine Leadership requirements.
Chapter 10. Step 2: Measure the Gap.
Chapter 11. Step 3: Act to Build Capacity.
Chapter 12. Step 4: Do Your Part.
Chapter 13. Shape Your Future.
Appendix A. Audit of Organizational Practices and Accompanying 30-Cell Grid.
Appendix B. Survey of Leadership Culture and Accompanying 30-Cell Grid.
Appendix C. Assessment of Leader Behaviors and Accompanying 30-Cell Grid.
“Leadership Solutions challenges the conventional
focus on individual leadership development. By highlighting the
critical role of culture and organizational practices, it provides
the pathway to build the leadership capacity of your organization.
Leadership Solutions has an ideal blend of insights and
practical tools that will make it essential reading for anyone
trying to accelerate the development of leadership in their
—Marianne Hasold-Schilter, Senior Vice President, Leadership & Top Talent Management, Scotiabank
“A significant work that is worth reading and re-reading.
It combines clarity of thinking with the ability to be executed,
resulting in value delivered each and every time”
—Paul Lucas, President & CEO, GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
“Leadership Solutions delivers what the title
promises. Moving from an analysis of the leadership gap, the book
offers a holistic model of leadership then offers a realistic and
practical pathway forward for dealing with the leadership gap.
Specific steps for determining leadership requirements, measuring
the gap, and acting to build capacity move this book beyond what a
lot of other leadership books offer. I also very much like the
finale of the book, with its emphasis on individual
responsibilities for doing your part and shaping your future. While
some great leaders may be born, the vast majority are
‘made’ and the first responsibility of any leader is to
take responsibility for themselves.”
—Dr. Dan Ondrack, Professor and Academic Director – Executive Programs, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
“Leadership Solutions offers the theory and
practice that can enable holistic leadership to develop within a
strategy-driven organization. Today, the need for leadership
transcends traditional functional expertise and hierarchical
structures. This book provides the template for the personal and
corporate growth that will permit holistic leaders to transform any
—Dr. Robert S. Bell, MDCM, MSc, FACS, FRCSC, President and Chief Executive Officer, University Health Network
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