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Cover of Leadership: A Master Class - High Performance Leadership


If you feel negative about impending change, what impact does that have on you and your team? George Kohlrieser knows. Although he is now a professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD in Switzerland (one of the top business schools in Europe) he started out as a teacher of hostage negotiation at the Dayton Police Academy. Actually, he was taken hostage four times!

Kohlrieser argues that when leaders are in a negative state about change they create a negative state for others. He draws on his hostage negotiation experience to create the metaphor that when leaders are negative about change it is because they are held hostage by their emotions. His advice is to "play offensively not defensively" and to fo...