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Leading with Conviction: Mastering the Nine Critical Pillars of Integrated Leadership

ISBN: 978-1-118-44426-9
288 pages
February 2013, Jossey-Bass
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Practical advice and tools to help leaders at all levels elevate their skills

What can truly set an organization apart? There is only one asset that offers guaranteed differentiation: leadership. Leadership is a deliberate act that requires effort but yields enormous payback. According to the renowned professor Shalom Saar and co-author Michael J. Hargrove, both internationally recognized leadership development consultants, executive coaches and speakers, leadership can be learned and improved through the nine critical competencies explored in this book. Filled with sage advice and engaging examples, as well as multiple mini-assessments, this book presents a programmatic approach to engage and grow leaders at every level and in any type of organization.

  • Outlines the nine core competencies that define exceptional leadership
  • Uses a proven approach to enhance leadership skills that can be applied to any organizational setting
  • Offers a wide array of practical tools for aspiring and experienced leaders
  • Written by Shalom Saar and Michael Hargrove, the cofounders of the Center for Leadership Development, (Saar is also a leading professor at MIT and previously Harvard, as well as other top schools globally)

Leading with Conviction offers a wealth of advice to help leaders establish a compelling vision, motivate their workforce, manage change and conflict, and create benchmarks that lead to sustainable success.

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Table of Contents

A Note from Warren Bennis xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xvii

1 The Pillar of Self 1

2 The Pillar of Balance 23

3 The Pillar of Agility 43

4 The Pillar of Change 67

5 The Pillar of Conf lict 89

6 The Pillar of Creativity 113

7 The Pillar of Coaching 135

8 The Pillar of Collaboration 161

9 The Pillar of Results 187

10 The Journey Continues 211

Notes 223

About the Authors 233

Index 235

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Author Information

Shalom Saada Saar is cofounder of the Center for Leadership Development. He is a professor of management practice at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing and teaches leadership at MIT. His work focuses on enhancing leadership effectiveness through self-awareness and organizational change. Shalom has consulted with numerous organizations and coached senior executives throughout the world. He has taught at Harvard University, SMU, and China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, and he has delivered speeches on the power of leadership in mobilizing people and organizations. Shalom received his bachelor's degree in economics and psychology from Swarthmore College and master's and doctoral degrees in organizational behavior from Harvard University.

Michael J. Hargrove is cofounder of the Center for Leadership Development. He has led large-scale change efforts for global companies. His work has focused on improving performance by leveraging strategic thinking and collaborative leadership. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in planning and organizational behavior from Harvard University.

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Press Release

February 07, 2013
Leading with Conviction: Mastering the Nine Critical Pillars of Integrated Leadership

Leading with Conviction

Mastering the Nine Critical Pillars of Integrated Leadership

By Shalom Saada Saar and Michael J. Hargrove


"A tested and inspired approach that will guide you through the work leadership requires."
—Warren Bennis


There is only so much a business can do to set itself apart. Cutting costs, embracing current technologies, or implementing new business models are strategies seen in nearly every type of business imaginable—but none of these are enough to bring the success and innovation necessary to make a business exceptional.  There is, however, one asset that truly distinguishes and elevates a business in the long term: leadership.


In Leading with Conviction: Mastering the Nine Critical Pillars of Integrated Leadership (Jossey-Bass; $27.95; February 2013, 978-1-118-44426-9) authors Shalom Saada Saar and Michael J. Hargrove, internationally recognized leadership development coaches, argue that leadership is the only sustainable competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. As the latest book in the Warren Bennis series, which is devoted to exemplary contributions to management thought and practice, Leading with Conviction is an exceptional guide to facilitating change through leadership.


Leadership is a quality anyone can learn, which is why the authors make a priority of coaching readers on this elusive quality. After conducting hundreds of coaching sessions, administering 360°feedback assessments, interviewing teams, and examining various models of leadership while working closely with a variety of organizations, Saar and Hargrove present their nine pillars of leadership as universal principles applicable to any professional, in any business, anywhere.


Leading with Conviction does not merely outline the nine principles of integrated leadership—it teaches them. By providing examples, mini-assessments and exercises, the authors ensure that readers will have ample opportunity to learn and practice these principles in their everyday lives. Through these practical assessment tools, anyone can transform their organization through leadership. These self-assessment tools, which can be used by individuals or by a group, will help you:

  • Learn how to mobilize your most important asset—your people
  • Examine how to leverage your strengths and overcome your weaknesses
  • Explore strategies to enable your people to embrace change
  • Maximize your people’s potential and unleash the power of your team through coaching
  • Discover the use of reflection as a vehicle for transformation 

The benefits of having a leader-run organization are many. Leadership cannot be measured or quantified, but it is readily apparent which organizations possess it and which do not—it can be seen in a business’ productivity, its successes, how it treats its employees, and even how it handles its failures. One thing leadership can be, however, is learned. With the expert guidance of Saar and Hargrove and their variety of assessment tools, Leading with Conviction ensures that every reader can and will have what it takes to become a leader that can make a difference.

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