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Building Leadership Character

by Amy Newman SAGE Publications, Inc
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Pbk 288 pages
AU$79.00 NZ$81.74
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Building Leadership Character: Lessons in Responsibility, Authenticity, and Credibility is a compelling new text that uses a storytelling approach and real-world cases to explore important topics not always addressed in-depth in other textbooks such as accountability, courage, and vulnerability. Bestselling author Amy Newman deftly captures how corporations and people respond in trying times and what can be learned from their missteps. Students will learn to develop their own character, emotional intelligence, and leadership skills as they engage with cases, reflection opportunities, and exercises. 

Chapter 1. Leadership Character in Context
Chapter Overview
Leaders Choose Character
Leadership Theories Have Evolved
Dimensions Focus Our Efforts to Develop Character
Leadership Character has Organizational and Personal Benefits
Judgment Contributes to Ethical Decision Making
Corporate Failures Teach Us About CharacterGÇöand About Ourselves
Chapter 2. Learning Character Lessons from Failure
Chapter Overview
Failure is Critical to Success
People Fear Failure Because of the Pain
Learning from Failure Builds Character
Leaders Adopt a Learning Orientation
Forward-Looking Organizations Value Failure
Self-Reflection Helps Us Learn From Failure
Reflection Prepares Us Intellectually
Practicing Mindfulness Prepares Us Emotionally
Taking Care of Our Bodies Prepares Us Physically
Chapter 3. Vulnerability: Risking Exposure
Chapter Overview
VolkswagenGÇÖs GÇ£Clean Dieseln++? Dupes Customers
Vulnerability Means Risking Exposure
Vulnerability Builds Connection
Apologizing is Good for Business
Rolling Stone Gets it Right
Connection is Built or Destroyed on Social Media
Chapter 4. General Motors Delay Recalls
Chapter Overview
General Motors Delays Recalls
Authentic Leaders are True to Themselves
Authenticity DoesnGÇÖt Mean Being Rigid or Morally Correct
Authentic Leaders Bring Their Whole Selves to Work
Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance Help Us Feel Comfortable In Our Own Skin
We Want to Connect with Real People on Social Media
Chapter 5. Integrity: Being Consistent and Whole
Chapter Overview
FIFA Leaders Disappointed Athletes and Fans Around the World
Leaders of Integrity are Consistent and Whole
Behavioral Integrity is Good for Business
Trust in Organizations is Eroding
Leaders Who Model Integrity, Trust, and Transparency Cultivate Trust
Leaders with Integrity Tell the Truth
Investors Seek and Demonstrate Integrity
Chapter 6. Accountability: Responding to Others
Chapter Overview
Wells Fargo Set Unrealistic Sales Goals for Employees
Responsibility and Accountability Definitions are Complementary
Leaders Avoid Accountability by Shifting Blame
Incentives and Regulations Ensure Some Accountability
Leaders Foster a Culture of Accountability
Accountable Leaders Admit and Forgive Mistakes
External Leaders Step in When Boards Fail
Whistleblowers Demand Accountability
Companies Improve their Accountability
Chapter 7. Courage: Standing Up
Chapter Overview
Samsung Botches a Recall
Courageous Leaders Fight for Worthy Goals
Taking Measured Risks Improves Outcomes
Courage Means Facing Our Fears
Public, Unpopular Decisions Take Courage
Courageous Leaders Tackle Different Conversations
Radical Candor and Radical Transparency are Two Ways Leaders Demonstrate Courage
Self-Righteousness Needs to be Controlled
Chapter 8. Humility: Learning from Others
Chapter Overview
Constituencies Question UberGÇÖs Ethics
Humble Leaders Recognize Their Own Limitations
Humility as a Management Strength
Humble Leaders Make Space for Others
Assessments Teach Us About Humility
Leading with Humility Requires Perspective
Humble Leaders Seek Feedback
Curiosity is Associated with Intellectual Humility
Two Chefs Illustrate Humility
Chapter 9. Compassion: Caring for Others and Ourselves
Chapter Overview
SeaWorld Fails to Respond to Movie Blackfish
Compassion Alleviates Suffering
Responding with Compassion Involves Four Steps
Compassion Benefits People and Organizations
Compassionate Leaders Respond with Small Gestures, Comfort, and Empathy
Communication about a Suicide Offers a Model of Compassion
Self-Compassion and Gratitude Ease Suffering

“As you are aware, there has been a lucrative market for books and manuals on to fulfil the demands of organizations, and training and academic institutions. To get to the ‘jewel’, sometimes requires that you wade through a lot of mediocre ones. This notwithstanding, there are some excellent recent books on leadership and I believe this book falls into that category.”