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

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Series
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Preface to the Second Edition
    1. History of the Idea
    2. A Philosophy of Leadership
    3. Overview of the Contents
    4. Acknowledgments
  8. Preface to the First Edition
    1. Intended Audience
    2. Background of This Book
    3. Acknowledgments
  9. The Author
  10. INTRODUCTION: The Oath of Inner Greatness
    1. The Oath of Inner Greatness: Nine Keys to Business Wisdom
  11. PART 1: The Model: What Is Inner Greatness?
    1. CHAPTER 1: Foundations of Leadership
      1. The Pragmatic Definition of Greatness
      2. The Toolbox
      3. Definitions of Greatness
      4. Greatness: Strategies
      5. Polarity
      6. Ten Leadership Propositions
      7. The Philosophical Definition of Greatness
      8. Greatness and Ultimate Questions
      9. The Contemporary Need for Greatness
      10. The Breakthrough
      11. Social and Political Issues
    2. CHAPTER 2: The Leadership Diamond
      1. Vision: The Strategy and the Tactics
      2. Reality: The Strategy and the Tactics
      3. Ethics: The Strategy and the Tactics
      4. Courage: The Strategy and the Tactics
      5. Strategy Is Not Enough
      6. The Role of Philosophy in Business
      7. The Two Realms: Objectivity and Subjectivity
    3. CHAPTER 3: Vision
      1. Elements of the Tactics
      2. Time
    4. CHAPTER 4: Reality Having No Illusions
      1. Elements of the Tactics
      2. Leadership and Sales
      3. Family Versus Work
    5. CHAPTER 5: Ethics
      1. Elements of the Tactics
      2. The Teamwork Basics
      3. Using the Leadership Diamond Model to Analyze Teamwork
    6. CHAPTER 6: Courage
      1. Elements of the Tactics
      2. Courage: Summation
      3. The Fundamental Business Issue
  12. PART 2: The Context: The Search for Greatness
    1. CHAPTER 7: Confronting the Challenges
      1. The Fundamental Issue: Survival
      2. Leadership: A Fresh Look
      3. The Inner-Side-of-Greatness Leadership Challenge
      4. A Credo
    2. CHAPTER 8: Developing the Mind
      1. Leaders Think Differently
      2. Stretched Versus Collapsed Leadership Minds
      3. The Spaciousness of the Leadership Mind
      4. Polarity and the Leadership Mind
      5. The Depth of the Leadership Mind
      6. Training the Leadership Mind
      7. Teaching Authentic Leadership
    3. CHAPTER 9: Implementing the Leadership Diamond
      1. Rules for Using the Leadership Diamond
      2. Sharpening Your Leadership Diamond Tools
      3. Improving Your Leadership Thinking
      4. The Atomic Metaphor
      5. Applying the Leadership Diamond to Organizations
      6. Stages in Overcoming Resistance
      7. Underlying Lessons
      8. Gaining Support for Your Business Strategies
  13. PART 3: The Real World: Leadership Strategies in Action
    1. CHAPTER 10: Building Individual Skills
      1. Marriage and Money
      2. Analyzing Individual Leadership Styles
    2. CHAPTER 11: Expanding Organizational Skills
      1. A Sample Company Diagnosis
      2. The Leadership Diamond in Organizations
      3. One More Word About Philosophical Depth
    3. CHAPTER 12: Diamond Relevance to Current Crises
      1. Fundamentals of the Model
      2. Case 1: Ethics at Enron
      3. Case 2: Volvos for Leadership
      4. Case 3: A Company Out of Control
      5. Case 4: Understanding History in the Making
      6. In Conclusion: A Fable
  14. A Leadership Resource
    1. Toward Genius-Level Leadership Intelligence
    2. Tips for Daily Leadership
    3. A Multiphasic Effectiveness Program
    4. Proposals and Recommendations
    5. Leadership Strategy Exercise: How to Get Promoted
    6. Organizing Your Leadership Day
  15. References
  16. Index