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The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7413-8
256 pages
March 2006, Jossey-Bass
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The Wizard and the Warrior gives leaders the insight and courage they need to take risks on behalf of values they cherish and the people they guide. Great leaders must act both as wizard, calling on imagination, creativity, meaning, and magic, and as warrior, mobilizing strength, courage, and willingness to fight as necessary to fulfill their mission. Best-selling authors Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal present the defining moments and experiences of exemplary leaders such as Carly Fiorina, Thomas Keller (head chef of French Laundry), David Neeleman (CEO of Jet Blue), Mary Kay Ash, Warren Buffet, Anne Mulcahy, and Abraham Lincoln¾all of whom have wrested with their own inner warrior and wizard. These engaging, realistic case studies are followed by commentaries that will raise questions and suggest possibilities without rushing to resolution or simple answers.
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Table of Contents


1. Light and Shadow: Richard Nixon and Mother Teresa.

2. Assessing Your Inner Wizard and Warrior.


3. The Toxic Warrior.

4. The Relentless Warrior.

5. The Principled Warrior.


6. Warrior Heart.

7. Warrior Mind.

8. Warrior Skill.

9. Warrior Weapons.


10. The Authentic Wizard.

11. The Wannabe Wizard.

12. The Harmful Wizard.


13. The Wizard's Odyssey.

14. Summoning the Spirit.


15. Personal Journey: The Ninja and the Samurai.

16. Learning to Lead: The Genesis and Rebirth of IBM.

17. Leading With Courage and Faith: Joan of Arc.

18. Creative Confrontation: Willem "Tex" Gunning.

19. Promoting the Dream: Martin Luther King Jr..

20. Enhancing the Wizard and Warrior Within.

21. The Sword and the Wand.



The Authors.


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Author Information

Lee G. Bolman holds the Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

Terrence E. Deal retired as the Irving R. Melbo Clinical Professor of the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. He now writes and makes wine in San Luis Obispo, California.
Bolman and Deal are the coauthors of the best-selling books Reframing Organizations (now in its third edition) and Leading with Soul (now in its second edition), both from Jossey-Bass.

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New to This Edition

  • LONG_AWAITED BOOK FROM BESTSELLING AUTHORS: This is the first original work from Bolman and Deal since the first edition of Leading with Soul in 1995, with new thinking on leadership building from the ground-breaking theories introduced in Reframing Organizations.

  • Tremendous Sales History: Bolman and Deal's books are the third bestselling franchise on the Jossey-Bass business list (behind Lencioni and Kouzes and Posner). Reframing Organizations has sold 250,000 copies over three editions, Leading with Soul 135,000 copies over two editions.

  •  Current (thrid) edition of Reframing Organizations (8/03, 0787964271), a $34.00, professionally discounted paperback, has lifetime sales of 56,000. 30% of sales are from trade/retail/direct & online. 

  • Current (second) edition of Leading with Soul (4/01, 0787955477), $22.95, trade discounted, cloth, has lifetime sales of 46,400. 70% of sales through trade/retail/direct & online.

  • Focus on Passion and Power: This book focuses on the two key, but often divergent, strengths of great leaders: passion and power. Most leadership books focus either on being a passionate, symbolic leader or on being a shrewd, political leader but few books combine both images with advice on how to achieve strength in both areas.

  • Real-World Examples: Contains case studies on the leadership styles and careers of Lou Gerster, Thomas Watson, David Neeleman, Anne Mulchahy, Carly Fiorina, Richard Nixon, Mother Theresa, Ken Lay, Thomas Keller, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King, Bill Clinton, Karl Rove and others

  • Actionable Advice: Contains practical advice and an assessment for readers looking to improve their own leadership skills by balancing their own internal wizard and warrior.

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"Truly something novel and useful among the current books on contemporary leadership. Bolman and Deal have again created a book that is both a conceptual gem and a handy practical reference. The Wizard and the Warrior will make us think carefully again about leadership in general and about our own style in particular."
—Walter F. Ulmer Jr., lieutenant general, U.S. Army (Ret.), former president and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership

"With The Wizard and the Warrior Lee Bolman and Terry Deal have followed up the insights of Reframing Organizations with a grounded and entertaining set of very useful stories. The numerous examples of historical and contemporary figures and their life stories serve to bring  leadership ideas alive in a way that few books achieve.  A great and useful read!"
—Len Schlesinger, vice chairman and chief operating officer, Limited Brands

"Rarely do scholars attempt, let alone succeed as Bolman and Deal have done so palpably, to encompass the polarities of leadership. They have thrown their arms around the inspirational, on one hand, and the tough, practical, and sometimes brutal, on the other. Through wonderful stories, they convincingly illustrate the real challenges and possibilities of living life grounded by larger purposes and the courage to interrogate reality. Anyone practicing leadership, or dreaming of doing so, should read this book."
—Ronald A. Heifetz, King Hussein Bin Talal Lecturer in Public Leadership co-founder, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; author of Leadership Without Easy Answers and Leadership on the Line

"Terry Deal and Lee Bolman have established the ‘gold standard’ for looking at leadership. In The Wizard and Warrior they show how to integrate the two sides of leadership. It is about fighting the good fight, but not losing sight of the magic-it is about making the word flesh. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about becoming a better leader."
—Paul D. Houston, executive director, American Association of School Administrators

"Warriors and wizards! Craxy metaphors for leaders? No! Compelling insights that Bolman and Deal have distilled compelling insights from organizational life, illustrating them with fascinating stories. They convinced me that we as leaders can achieve our mission and care for our people more effectively by embracing the reality of combat and magic, of power and spirit, in our organizations. If you’re a good leader, this book will make you better."
—Colonel Larry R. Donnithorne, author, The West Point Way of Leadership: From Learning Principled Leadership to Practicing It

"I find The Wizard and Warrior a fascinating and enjoyable read. The premise is exactly what it set out to be, a prod and a guide to trumpet the true legacy of leadership. The self-inventory guidelines stimulate an interesting integration of fantasy and myth (through Harry Potter’s Dumbledore, Merlin of King Arthur’s court, and Tolkein’s Gandalf) with the realities of business tycoons such as Oprah Winfrey, Herb Kelleher, and Mary Kay Ash, as well as the political wizard of U.S. presidents. The book provokes the reader to understand the immeasurable potential of the wizard and warrior in each of us that can create change and challenge."
—John Keola Lake, kumu-in-residence, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawai'I, head of Hawaiian traditions

"This book is a must-read for all who are pursuing the journey of leadership. It provides in-depth insight into passion and power, and how they are the very essence of leadership.  It will be of great value for all those in leadership positions at J.E. Dunn."
—Terrence P. Dunn, chief executive officer, J.E. Dunn Construction Company

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