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Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change



Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change

William B. Joiner, Stephen A. Josephs

ISBN: 978-0-470-89392-0 June 2010 Jossey-Bass 336 Pages


Leadership Agility is the master competency needed for sustained success in today’s complex, fast-paced business environment. Richly illustrated with stories based on original research and decades of work with clients, this groundbreaking book identifies five levels that leaders move through in developing their agility. Significantly, only 10% have mastered the level of agility needed for consistent effectiveness in our turbulent era of global competition. Written in an engaging, down-to-earth style, this book not only provides a map that guides readers in identifying their current level of agility. It also provides practical advice and concrete examples that show managers and leadership development professionals how they can bring greater agility to the initiatives they take every day.

Introduction: The Master Competency v

Part One: What Is Leadership Agility?

1 Agility in a World of Change and Complexity 3

2 The Five Eds 13

3 Four Competencies for Agile Leadership 31

Part Two: Five Levels of Leadership Agility

4 Expert Level: Solve Key Problems 43

5 Achiever Level: Accomplish Desired Outcomes 64

6 Catalyst Level: Mobilize Breakout Endeavors 91

7 Co-Creator Level: Realize Shared Purpose 123

8 Synergist Level: Evoke Unexpected Possibilities 155

Part Three: Becoming a More Agile Leader

9 Assessing Leadership Agility 193

10 Developing Leadership Agility 203

Appendix A: Research Behind This Book 227

Appendix B: Stages of Personal Development 235

Notes for Inquiring Readers 249

References 295

Resources 307

Acknowledgments 309

The Authors 311

Index 312