Written by David Dotlich and Peter Cairo-- two of the country's top executive coaches and educators-- Unnatural Leadership debunks the common notion of the natural leader as a flawless figure. The book describes the truth about being a real leader in a business environment turned upside down by e-commerce, diversity, security concerns, globalization, and matrix structures. Drawing on personal experience working with successful leaders in top-tier companies throughout the world, Dotlich and Cairo identify a style of leadership used by those who succeed in complicated business and people situations, a style that maximizes a leader's strengths and acknowledges weaknesses.
Table of Contents
Foreword (Stephen H. Rhinesmith).
Part One: The Importance of Unnatural
1 Ten Unnatural Acts.
Exercise: Assessing Your Unnatural Leadership.
2 Adapting to an Increasingly Unnatural
Exercise: Breaking the Rules of Natural
3 Resistance Factors.
Exercise: Assessing Your Resistance to
Part Two: Personal Challenges for the
4 Refuse to Be a Prisoner of Experience.
Exercise: Refusing to Be a Prisoner of
5 Expose Your Vulnerabilities.
Exercise: Exposing Your Vulnerabilities.
6 Acknowledge Your Shadow Side.
Exercise: Acknowledging Your Shadow Side.
7 Develop a Right-Versus-Right
Exercise: A Tool for Developing an Unnatural
Part Three: Leading Teams as an Unnatural
8 Create Teams That Create Discomfort.
Exercise: Creating Teams That Create
9 Trust Others Before They Earn It.
Exercise: Trusting Others Before They Earn It.
10 Coach and Teach Rather Than Lead and
Exercise: Coaching and Teaching Rather Than
Leading and Inspiring.
Part Four: Leading the Organization as an
11 Connect Instead of Create.
Exercise: Connecting Instead of Creating.
12 Give Up Some Control.
Exercise: Giving Up Some Control.
13 Challenge the Conventional Wisdom.
Exercise: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom.
14 Giving Yourself Unnatural Options.
About the Authors