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Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness, A Philosophy for Leaders, New and Revised, 2nd Edition



Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness, A Philosophy for Leaders, New and Revised, 2nd Edition

Peter Koestenbaum

ISBN: 978-0-787-96472-6 October 2002 Jossey-Bass 400 Pages


It has been more than a decade since the first edition of Peter Koestenbaum's landmark book Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness was published. Since that time world events have caused a dramatic shift in how we think about our lives and our work. Now we grapple with the fundamental questions. How can we live a courageous life and manage anxiety? Is it possible to reach greater heights of ethics and responsibility?

Peter Koestenbaum, the preeminent business philosopher, has been a trusted mentor to business leaders worldwide. In this thoroughly revised edition of his classic book he shares his wisdom about the fundamental nature of leadership and shows what it takes to become an exceptional and passionate leader in today's complex world. At the very heart of the book is his Leadership Diamond model—a paradigm that challenges managers to transform their thinking and approach everything with fresh effectiveness in order to reap richer results and become great leaders.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

The Author.

Introduction—The Oath of Inner Greatness: Nine Keys to Business Wisdom.

Part One—The Model: What Is Inner Greatness?

1 Foundations of Leadership.

2 The Leadership Diamond: Four Strategies for Greatness.

3 Vision: Thinking Big and New.

4 Reality: Having No Illusions.

5 Ethics: Providing Service.

6 Courage: Acting with Sustained Initiative.

Part Two—The Context: The Search for Greatness.

7 Confronting the Challenges.

8 Developing the Mind.

9 Implementing the Leadership Diamond.

Part Three—The Real World: Leadership Strategies in Action.

10 Building Individual Skills.

11 Expanding Organizational Skills.

12 Diamond Relevance to Current Crises.

A Leadership Resource: Tips for Achieving and Sustaining Inner Greatness.