Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

by Stewart D Friedman


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National Bestseller

“Students talk about Stewart D. Friedman, a management professor at the Wharton School, with a mixture of earnest admiration, gratitude and rock star adoration.” —New York Times

Now more than ever, your success as a leader isn't just about being a great businessperson. You've got to be a great person, performing well in all domains of your life—your work, your home, your community, and your private self.

That's a tall order.

The good news is that, contrary to conventional wisdom about "balance," you don't have to assume that these domains compete in a zero-sum game. Total Leadership is a game-changing blueprint for how to perform well as a leader not by trading off one domain for another, but by finding mutual value among all four. The author shows you how to achieve these "four-way wins" as a leader who can:
· Be real: Act with authenticity by clarifying what's important
· Be whole: Act with integrity by respecting the whole person
· Be innovative: Act with creativity by experimenting to find new solutions

With engaging examples and clear instruction, Friedman provides more than thirty hands-on tools for using these proven principles to produce stronger business results, find clearer purpose in what you do, feel more connected to the people who matter most, and generate sustainable change.

Most leadership development books focus only on your professional skills, while books about personal growth concentrate on your needs beyond work. Total Leadership is different. It's a unique and long-awaited resource that shows how to win in all domains of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422103289
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 440,924
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stewart D. Friedman is the founding director of the Wharton School's Leadership Program and Wharton's Work/Life Integration Project. He is the former head of Ford's Leadership Development Center

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Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Stewart D. Friedman's leadership treatise eschews the standard corporate-centered lessons and, instead, takes a holistic approach. His program focuses on helping you improve your performance in four "domains": "work, home, community and self." Once you identify your "core values" and align your actions with these values, you can achieve harmony in all the areas of your life and excel as a leader. Friedman provides readers with a take-home version of the Total Leadership workshop he developed and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. His narrative comes with self-directed exercises and relatable stories about others who've taken this journey. getAbstract recommends this worthwhile trip to leaders, potential leaders and anyone who craves a more well-rounded life.
shadowofthewind on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a step in the right direction for modern day leaders. To be a leader one must be whole and balance all aspects of your life. Work, home, community and self must all be connected as one. The exercises in the book give great example to put this philosophy into practice.However, I feel a big flaw is the approach. To create a leader in harmony, i don't think it should be work as the primary function. The entire approach seems to come from a work perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This reading makes you take on a completely new perspective, not just on leadership, but on life as a whole. Throughout my journey with Stew and his teachings, I learned how to be true to what matters most to me, and how seemingly small steps can make profound impacts. Reflection is critical, but often we tend to overlook its importance because of other stressors in life - this reading has been a phenomial wake up call for me.