The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations (Paperback)Jeffrey S. Nielsen (author)
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Can we really run organizations without leaders? Yes, says organizational consultant Jeffery Nielson in this provocative book.
According to Nielsen, it's time to stop structuring businesses as "rank-based" organizations run by a privileged elite who are so isolated from the front lines that they are downright counterproductive. Debunking the leadership myth, Nielsen calls for an end to leader-based corporate hierarchies, which foster secrecy, encourage miscommunication, and steal the joy and dignity from work. His new paradigm is the "peer-based" organization.
No matter how you feel about Nielsen's theory of leaderless organizations, you are sure to find this book thought provoking. It will challenge your assumptions about the role of leadership in modern organizations.
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 15 mm
Arguing that "rank-based hierarchies" are counterproductive, the author uses real world examples to demonstrate this principle. * Forecast *
Offers guidance as to how companies can gradually introduce peer-based concepts. * CIO Magazine *
The book outlines how rank-based organizations develop, and identifies three management vehicles you need to start a peer-based organization. * HR Magazine *
Though readers ask how this idea would work in reality, there is no doubt...not a bad place to start. * Training Magazine *
Very timely and powerful. This is serious brain food for business and one of the best books of the year! * The CEO Refresher *
What is worth paying attention to here is his belief that organizations invest too much power in senior leadership. * CIO Insight *
What you'll learn: Peer-based thinking and decision-making organizations are more effective than rank-based, bureaucratic firms. * Chicago Tribune *
Jeffrey Nielsen cogently points out that the emperor-leader has threadbare clothes, and at the same time he empowers the rest of the workforce with the broadcloth of effective, peer-based teamwork. Buy one copy for yourself, another for your boss, and go to work! -- Stirling Adams, Associate General Counsel, Novell, Inc.
Nielsen's insights made all the difference for us. Dissolving rank-based leadership and sharing previously closely held information unleashed and empowered everyone in our organization. The company was reinvented and launched is a new and prosperous direction. -- Larry Ruff, Founder and CEO, No More Mortgage!
A revolutionary work. Nielsen outlines an escape from the ego-nomics of today's organizations. Without change, the cost of feeding these beasts will devour us. Nielsen tells us how to avoid being their next meal. -- Robert G. Crawford, Associate Professor, Marriott School, Brigham Young University