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Leadership the Hard Way: Why Leadership Can't Be Taught and How You Can Learn It Anyway

ISBN: 978-1-118-89947-2
200 pages
December 2013, Jossey-Bass
Leadership the Hard Way: Why Leadership Can

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Leadership the Hard Way presents a method of living and working that can truly facilitate the learning of leadership. Their method shows how to go against the current, fight conventional wisdom, and embrace the unexpected. It is about trusting oneself and valuing intuition, principles, and imagination as much as hard skills and analysis. Frohman combines his counterintuitive ideas with experiences from his own background?from escaping the Nazis as a child to becoming a leading innovator in the semiconductor industry?to show how readers can build their own leadership abilities. A leader?s values and personality, he ultimately reveals, are the only sure source of stability in a world of continuous change.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction: Flying Through a Thunderstorm.

1. Insisting on Survival.

2. Leading Against the Current.

3. Leveraging Random Opportunities.

4. Leadership Under Fire.

5. The Soft Skills of Hard Leadership.

6. Making Values Real.

7. Bootstrapping Leadership.

Epilogue: Knowing When to Let Go.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

The Authors.

Index.

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Author Information

—John Seely Brown, former chief scientist, Xerox Corporation and former director, Xerox PARC; coauthor, The Social Life of Information and The Only Sustainable Edge

Dov Frohman, a pioneer of the global corporation, is the founder and former general manager of Intel Israel and widely respected as a leader and innovator in the worldwide semiconductor industry.

Robert Howard is a former senior editor of the Harvard Business Review. A veteran writer on work, technology, and management, he is the author of Brave New Workplace and the editor of The Learning Imperative: Managing People for Continuous Innovation.

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