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We live in a challenging, complex, inter-connected andunpredictable world beset by a range of seemingly insolubleproblems. But, says Michael Fullan—an internationallyacclaimed authority on organizational change—we have anincreasing understanding of how to tackle complex change. Thisinvolves developing a new kind of leader: one who recognizes whatis needed to bring about deep and lasting changes in living systemsat all levels. These leaders need a deep understanding of whatmotivates us as human beings and how we tap into and influenceother people's self-motivation.

In his previous best-selling books The Six Secrets ofChange, Leading in a Culture of Change, andTurnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan examined the conceptsand processes of change. In Change Leader he turns his focusto the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leadingin today's complex world. He reveals seven core practices fortoday's leaders, all of which appear to be deceptively simple butactually get to the essence of what differentiates a powerfulleader from one who is merely competent:

  • Practice Drives Theory
  • Be Resolute
  • Motivate the Masses
  • Collaborate to Compete
  • Learn Confidently
  • Know Your Impact
  • Sustain Simplexity

Throughout the book Fullan argues that powerful leaders havebuilt bedrocks of credibility, have learned how to identify the fewthings that matter most, and know how to leverage their skills inways that benefit their entire organization. The author showsleaders how to avoid policies and strategies that focus on shallowand short-term goals and develop leadership skills for long-termsuccess.

With a wealth of illustrative examples from business, education,nonprofit, and government sectors Change Leader provides amuch-needed leadership guide for today's turbulent climate.

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