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Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change? For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are "in over their heads," whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change? For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are "in over their heads," whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. "Mastering Leadership" involves developing the effectiveness of leaders--individually and collectively--and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage. This comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership features: Breakthrough research that connects increased leadership effectiveness with enhanced business performance The first fully integrated Universal Model of Leadership--one that integrates the best theory and research in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Development over the last half century A free, online self-assessment of your leadership, using the Leadership Circle Profile, visibly outlining how you are currently leading and how to develop even greater effectiveness The five stages in the evolution of leadership--Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral, and Unitive--along with the organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages Six leadership practices for evolving your leadership capability at a faster pace A map of your optimal path to greater leadership effectiveness Case stories that facilitate pragmatic application of this Leadership Development System to your particular situation This timeless, authoritative text provides a systemic approach for developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization. It does not recommend quick fixes, but argues that real development requires a strategic, long-term, and integrated approach in order to forge more effective leaders and enhanced business performance. "Mastering Leadership" offers a developmental pathway to bring forth the highest and best use of yourself, your life, and your leadership. By more meaningfully deploying all of who you are every day, individually and collectively, you will achieve a leadership legacy consistent with your highest aspirations.


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Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change? For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are "in over their heads," whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change? For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are "in over their heads," whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. "Mastering Leadership" involves developing the effectiveness of leaders--individually and collectively--and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage. This comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership features: Breakthrough research that connects increased leadership effectiveness with enhanced business performance The first fully integrated Universal Model of Leadership--one that integrates the best theory and research in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Development over the last half century A free, online self-assessment of your leadership, using the Leadership Circle Profile, visibly outlining how you are currently leading and how to develop even greater effectiveness The five stages in the evolution of leadership--Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral, and Unitive--along with the organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages Six leadership practices for evolving your leadership capability at a faster pace A map of your optimal path to greater leadership effectiveness Case stories that facilitate pragmatic application of this Leadership Development System to your particular situation This timeless, authoritative text provides a systemic approach for developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization. It does not recommend quick fixes, but argues that real development requires a strategic, long-term, and integrated approach in order to forge more effective leaders and enhanced business performance. "Mastering Leadership" offers a developmental pathway to bring forth the highest and best use of yourself, your life, and your leadership. By more meaningfully deploying all of who you are every day, individually and collectively, you will achieve a leadership legacy consistent with your highest aspirations.

30 review for Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim Razinha

    As with most of books of this type, the authors are selling a product, and they claim that theirs is better than the others - they used the word "breakthrough" more than few times along with "groundbreaking". That always trips my radar. But, they do cite many other leadership authors, but usually with a caveat that the author/theorist was missing something (that they figured out). I'm in a yearlong management seminar program and we are assigned executive summaries of various books. If possible, I As with most of books of this type, the authors are selling a product, and they claim that theirs is better than the others - they used the word "breakthrough" more than few times along with "groundbreaking". That always trips my radar. But, they do cite many other leadership authors, but usually with a caveat that the author/theorist was missing something (that they figured out). I'm in a yearlong management seminar program and we are assigned executive summaries of various books. If possible, I like to try to read the source text before the class. In this case, the text is quite large and the editor distills it to 8 pages. They didn't do too bad a job, but pretty much all of the theory and supporting case studies had to be omitted. There are obviously good points to be taken from this (or most other leadership books), but I don't agree yet with Anderson and Adams on their framing of leadership development. I doubt I will as some runs counter to logic, particularly the end point that invokes mystical mumbo-jumbo, so it gets tossed as a non-end point. (It's called "Unity" and is about "oneness" and how the best leader has nothing of him/herself left because he/she is no longer an individual. I won't even dignify that with a response. Twaddle. Okay, a little dignifying there.) I was quite surprised to see them give redundancy a completely new definition. They didn't know they were, because they said they were borrowing it from engineering: "Redundancy results when one tension resolution in the structure depends on a second tension resolution in the structure and vice versa." Uh...redundancy means duplicate systems to minimize single points of failure. In one of their cute chapter ending prompt questions, they asked "How long has it been since your world was rocked to its core by something you learned?" Truly inquisitive people aren't rocked much, if at all...that that is even a question makes me wonder who the target audience is.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John E. Smith

    THREE REASONS TO LIKE THIS BOOK: 1) Mastering Leadership builds on a solid and valid foundation of human development theory, which I learned in graduate school many years ago, use regularly in my work, but never thought to apply specifically to the area of leadership development. 2) The authors acknowledge and use an understanding of what they call the Inner Game (Inner Operating System) and the Outer Game (complex combination of values, beliefs, experiences, assumptions, and so on). 3) The authors THREE REASONS TO LIKE THIS BOOK: 1) Mastering Leadership builds on a solid and valid foundation of human development theory, which I learned in graduate school many years ago, use regularly in my work, but never thought to apply specifically to the area of leadership development. 2) The authors acknowledge and use an understanding of what they call the Inner Game (Inner Operating System) and the Outer Game (complex combination of values, beliefs, experiences, assumptions, and so on). 3) The authors use the core concept of Identity in this fairly complex, but clearly explained model which incorporates both Creative and Reactive styles of leadership behavior, while also including the familiar dichotomy of Task orientation versus Relationship orientation. The ideal leader is proficient at both Task and Relationship, while increasing their creative behaviors and reducing their reactive behaviors. The ideal leader seeks and achieves growth through five leadership stages (Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral, and Unitive). Without going into detail here, this book is not just about becoming a more effective leader, but becoming a more effective force in our world. COOL TOOLS: The Leadership Circle: A graphic representation of Creative and Reactive styles, along with Task and Relationship. The Leadership Circle Profile: This tool gives us a visual assessment of our Creative and our Reactive behaviors, along with how we "tilt" toward Task or Relationship. Using these two tools, our future goals are more easily identified as we plan to increase Creative, reduce Reactive, and balance Task and Relationship. The book covers a fairly complex and deep theoretical model, but does so articulately and with plenty of examples from real life. It is wonky enough to satisfy the statistical nerds among us, but available enough for those who just want to learn and grow. When you finish digesting the various charts, graphs, and images, you move into deep reflection about yourself and the role of leadership in your life. Many familiar names and terms pop up in both the text and the index, which is one of the things I look for in a book that purports to be useful to me. Filled with solid research-based knowledge, it covers a broader scope than most other leadership development books I have read. Mastering Leadership is not "easy" reading, but it IS very engaging reading for anyone serious about expanding their knowledge of how we can help ourselves and others. It does not offer simple solutions or reheated and empty slogans, but a model and a tool to help us become much more intentional about developing our leadership abilities effectively. BOTTOM LINE: Mastering Leadership goes on my Fingertip Shelf, where I keep those few titles I truly want to remember, learn, and use into my future. I imagine many others will want to take similar advantage of the book as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This book is about much more than leadership. It is about life, ego, consciousness and the dynamics that rule organizations and society. This is definitely one of the most useful and insightful books I’ve read. It’s given me a lot to think about, and I think I will keep it close as a tool to help me develop my stage of consciousness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to understand better how people’s minds operate, and to anyone seeking to improve themselves, regardless the c This book is about much more than leadership. It is about life, ego, consciousness and the dynamics that rule organizations and society. This is definitely one of the most useful and insightful books I’ve read. It’s given me a lot to think about, and I think I will keep it close as a tool to help me develop my stage of consciousness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to understand better how people’s minds operate, and to anyone seeking to improve themselves, regardless the context you come from.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Slow start but great end The first 6-7 chapters could be condensed and less about selling his model. The last few chapters were most powerful and useful. I still had some very powerful takeaways so I am glad I stuck with it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Finally finished this one. As I was reading it as preparation for a training, and the training was pushed forward in time, it took a while. Some good insights but a bit too much repitition equals a solid three star rating.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Soundview Executive Book Summaries

    Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results by Robert Anderson and William Adams was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top Business Books of 2016. THE SOUNDVIEW OVERVIEW: For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has alway Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results by Robert Anderson and William Adams was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top Business Books of 2016. THE SOUNDVIEW OVERVIEW: For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. Mastering Leadership involves developing the effectiveness of leaders — individually and collectively — and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage. This comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership features the first fully integrated Universal Model of Leadership — one that integrates the best theory and research in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Development over the last half century, the five stages in the evolution of leadership — Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral and Unitive — along with the organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages, six leadership practices for evolving your leadership capability at a faster pace and more. Mastering Leadership provides a systemic approach for developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization. By more meaningfully deploying all of who you are every day, individually and collectively, you will achieve a leadership legacy consistent with your highest aspirations. Soundview's in-depth, 8-page Executive Summary of Mastering Leadership is available here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alfred Timothy Lotho

    There are 3 leadership personality types: heart (which focuses on relationships), will (which focuses on being involved and detailing the steps how to get to the end goal) and head (which focuses on analysis and detaching one's self to look at the big picture). Each of these types have their weaknesses ("shadows"). Heart types might bring complacency and find it difficult to make decisions; Will types might be too controlling and demanding to reach a goal; Head types might be too protective and There are 3 leadership personality types: heart (which focuses on relationships), will (which focuses on being involved and detailing the steps how to get to the end goal) and head (which focuses on analysis and detaching one's self to look at the big picture). Each of these types have their weaknesses ("shadows"). Heart types might bring complacency and find it difficult to make decisions; Will types might be too controlling and demanding to reach a goal; Head types might be too protective and not allow others to make mistakes. To leverage the gifts and avoid the shadows, a leader must move from a reactive (play to not lose) stance to a creative one (play to win). To achieve this transformation, some practices are necessary. For example, having a clear vision of what you really want to do (if there were no boundaries) and understanding your own shadows that prevent you from achieving that vision are two of the important ones. The 1 star deduction is a result of this book only giving a few real world examples and for focusing too much at a conceptual level. Nonetheless, it is still above average due to the value it will bring for those who have their own experiences to pull from (including negative experiences where they were a "bad" leader).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    This book has some good info but it’s buried beneath pages and pages of superfluous storytelling and diagrams. The information is NOT presented in a strait forward manner. Once you boil the information down to the nuts and bolts it makes a lot of sense (dare I say common sense), but the authors never proceed to shed light on how one might put into practice methods of improving their core competencies and becoming a more effective leader. The Christian references were annoying, as were the attemp This book has some good info but it’s buried beneath pages and pages of superfluous storytelling and diagrams. The information is NOT presented in a strait forward manner. Once you boil the information down to the nuts and bolts it makes a lot of sense (dare I say common sense), but the authors never proceed to shed light on how one might put into practice methods of improving their core competencies and becoming a more effective leader. The Christian references were annoying, as were the attempts to redefine terms like “redundant” and “passive.” I wanted to give this book one star but realized much of the information (once you get past the car salesman pitch) is incredibly useful, just not to anyone who has already done a great deal of self-exploration and already has a heightened self awareness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Spitzer

    This book sets out to define leadership and the qualities that correlate with good leadership. It does not really offer pragmatic advice on how one can improve their leadership, but that’s not the point of the book. Implicitly it suggests that it is not a reasonable expectation to learn that from a book. I liked the focus on adult development and academic background, which added credibility to this book above other books in this genre that are mostly fluff. However, I also thought the book could This book sets out to define leadership and the qualities that correlate with good leadership. It does not really offer pragmatic advice on how one can improve their leadership, but that’s not the point of the book. Implicitly it suggests that it is not a reasonable expectation to learn that from a book. I liked the focus on adult development and academic background, which added credibility to this book above other books in this genre that are mostly fluff. However, I also thought the book could have been much more concise as there is a lot of repetition and “selling” of the ideas that I found unnecessary.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn "JR"

    I have been reading this book for a leadership class and have enjoyed it a lot. At it's heart, the book is a universal model of leadership based on stages of development of the ego. It's really enjoyable to read -- and even more useful if you take the online test, and even more useful if you have colleagues and coworkers who can also evaluate you. The book draws on many influences -- lots of metaphysical stuff at the end -- and is very well organized with some good portraits of individual leader I have been reading this book for a leadership class and have enjoyed it a lot. At it's heart, the book is a universal model of leadership based on stages of development of the ego. It's really enjoyable to read -- and even more useful if you take the online test, and even more useful if you have colleagues and coworkers who can also evaluate you. The book draws on many influences -- lots of metaphysical stuff at the end -- and is very well organized with some good portraits of individual leaders (who were clients of the authors) and their journeys. I enjoyed the book so much that I have 15 pages of notes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Batu

    Master being a human being This book is not about mastering being a manager or a leader in a business but it is so much more than that. It’s about evolving as a human being. A human being that gets rid of his/her ego and see us all as one. One of the best books I’ve ever read!! The book is factual and evidence based, built on many different types of research you might have heard of or studied in the past. Also, if you are spiritual, regardless of your religious affiliations if any, you will find Master being a human being This book is not about mastering being a manager or a leader in a business but it is so much more than that. It’s about evolving as a human being. A human being that gets rid of his/her ego and see us all as one. One of the best books I’ve ever read!! The book is factual and evidence based, built on many different types of research you might have heard of or studied in the past. Also, if you are spiritual, regardless of your religious affiliations if any, you will find this book incredibly inspiring.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Inka Partanen

    They started by boasting how this theory is the one and only of its kind and how it is the first time ever someone has been able to form this type of an approach. A typical, even exaggerated selling speech which I found very annoying. I gave up after 25% book as there had been no real content until then, just attempts to prove how tremendous and extraordinary results you could end up having with this book...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Everett Shupe

    Probably one of the most important books on leadership for the 21st century. I like how the authors have distilled centuries of leadership and adult learning researcher. Leadership = learning. I also like the model they present: The Leadership Circle. Recommended for anyone who wants to elevate their leadership.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dave Drodge

    I admire the ambition of the book to promote us all becoming a force of good in our world. A 3 or 4 - its hard to decide. If you are using the book as an explaination for the assessment then a 4 but if only for background for an evaluation then it tends to go on at times and a 3.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ron Vereggen

    If you are looking for a leadership development approach for your organization, this books lays out a fairly comprehensive model. I took away a number of key insights that I will be using in my own development as mindful leader and in my practice in developing other leaders. Great book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Gottfredson

    Love the concepts, poorly written

  17. 4 out of 5

    Richard Kalmeijer

    Important insights in people's reactive limiting and creative enabling drivers Important insights in people's reactive limiting and creative enabling drivers

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jaron Dunford

    When we ask people to identify the extraordinary leaders they have worked for or with, most cannot identify more than one or two, suggesting we hold leaders, and are held as leaders to very high standards. Given these violated expectations, we might wonder why anyone would want this job. Leaders carry enormous responsibility and operate in a world of increasing change, complexity, and connectivity. They are asked to work with more transparency and disclosure as they endure greater scrutiny. Despi When we ask people to identify the extraordinary leaders they have worked for or with, most cannot identify more than one or two, suggesting we hold leaders, and are held as leaders to very high standards. Given these violated expectations, we might wonder why anyone would want this job. Leaders carry enormous responsibility and operate in a world of increasing change, complexity, and connectivity. They are asked to work with more transparency and disclosure as they endure greater scrutiny. Despite these challenges, many leaders love their jobs and see what they do as a calling. They relish the chance to influence people, create positive results, and change things. From our research and field experience, we have identified four universal promises of leadership: 1) Set the right direction and create meaningful work; 2) Engage all stakeholders and hold them accountable for performance; 3) Ensure that processes and systems facilitate focus and execution; and 4) Lead effectively—maintain relationships of trust to achieve and sustain desired results When we work, we invest our life’s blood (time, talent, and energy) into an organization. Therefore, we want to readily identify the meaning of the work we do, see rewards beyond money, and contribute to the organization’s higher purpose. Leaders set the context and create the conditions in which individuals and organizations thrive. Results without process can't be replicated and process without results is worthless Leadership effectiveness is a primary contributor to business performance Leaders spend most of their days in conversation—meetings, phone calls, emails, and strategic communications. How you show up in these conversations determines your level of effectiveness. How we show up together in these conversations drives our collective effectiveness. The quality of our collective conversation largely determines our collective leadership effectiveness and business performance. What you hold in your consciousness tends to manifest-the inner game runs the outer game A Leader's effectiveness is greatly influenced by the stage of mind through which the leader is operating: consciousness and competence rise together, the inner games runs the outer game, mastery is related to maturity, and extraordinary leadership is well-honed capability arising on a higher order platform of consciousness the more we are defined by other people's approval, the more likely we will fear rejection and be risk-averse, indecisive, cowardly, and compliant. The more we define ourselves by our results, the more likely we fear failure and fail to delegate, collaborate, build teamwork and allow others to engage meaningfully and creatively. We will tend to relate to others in autocratic and controlling ways. If we define ourselves on our intellectual capacity, we will fear vulnerability, fail to connect with others, acknowledge their brillance, and relate to others in a self-protecting, arrogant, analytically critical and condesending way. Reactive beliefs are self-limiting and have serious liabilities. The more we are run by them, the less we lead effectively, and since leadership effectiveness drive business performance, reactive leadership leadership puts us at a competitive disadvantage. Leaders in the top 20th percentile perform six-fold multiple on the performance in the middle percentile. Only 20% of adults are living and leading from an operating system configured at creative level or higher The process of developing extraordinary leadership is the same process as becoming an extraordinary person Every exchange is a moment of truth, a point of failure or critical link in the chain of success There is no safe way to be great, and, there is no great way to be safe We are the primary obstacle to the very future we are committed to creating Creative leadership is about creating an organization that we believe in, creating outcomes that matter most, and enhancing our collective capacity to create a desired future Purpose-->passion-->action-->purpose--->ect I create results, I am not my results. Failure and mistakes are part of the process of creating success Leadership effective = Direction/meaning-->Engagement/accountability-->Focus/execution

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Byron Ernest

    Leadership is a conversation. How we show up to that conversation is what matters most. What we do as leaders drives our organization's collective effectiveness. This book is not just another leadership book like all the others on your book shelf. In Mastering Leadership we get a true guide to, not only mastering your own leadership development, but that of all those in your organization you serve. Through this book's teachings you will learn to have the courageous conversations, both with yours Leadership is a conversation. How we show up to that conversation is what matters most. What we do as leaders drives our organization's collective effectiveness. This book is not just another leadership book like all the others on your book shelf. In Mastering Leadership we get a true guide to, not only mastering your own leadership development, but that of all those in your organization you serve. Through this book's teachings you will learn to have the courageous conversations, both with yourself and your team. No matter where we sit within our organizations, we are all leaders. Mastering Leadership guides us on the path to being the best leader we can be on the road to integral leadership and the transformation to greatness. Dr. Byron Ernest

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann Louise Tisdale-Ramos

    This book required re-reading. It’s not just “another book about leadership” but really the 21st century bible on all things leadership and growth. Raising the consciousness of my leadership will require a life time of dedication. I found this other review most helpful/ “The key difference lies in the authors’ focus on the so-called inner game of leadership. Whereas most leadership development targets the outer game of competencies and processes, Mastering Leadership considers all three areas as This book required re-reading. It’s not just “another book about leadership” but really the 21st century bible on all things leadership and growth. Raising the consciousness of my leadership will require a life time of dedication. I found this other review most helpful/ “The key difference lies in the authors’ focus on the so-called inner game of leadership. Whereas most leadership development targets the outer game of competencies and processes, Mastering Leadership considers all three areas as equally important. More than that, according to the authors “the inner game runs the outer game. […] Since this truth is largely ignored, most efforts to develop mastery in leadership focus on the outer game of competence with little focus on the inner game of consciousness.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Some great leadership theory here! But having used the Leadership Circle Assessment at work, which is what he is trying to sell, i found the concepts were too complex because there were too many moving parts for leadership to buy in to it. It certainly started the conversation, but did not lead to change in leadership styles.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andy Johnson

    Life changing This book will likely change my understanding and approach to my own leadership development and that of those I'm privileged to walk with on the heroic leadership journey. Life changing This book will likely change my understanding and approach to my own leadership development and that of those I'm privileged to walk with on the heroic leadership journey.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Andrews

    What an amazing book! Not an easy read. And I'm so glad to have read it. Leadership as personal growth and development AND Leadership as spiritual practice! Wow! Brilliant, theoretical and practical. What an amazing book! Not an easy read. And I'm so glad to have read it. Leadership as personal growth and development AND Leadership as spiritual practice! Wow! Brilliant, theoretical and practical.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yamato

    Definitely have to keep this book as a main stay on my book shelf. Really hit home about the need to transition into a creative mind, and the 360 assessment tool will also provide clues of areas to target!

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Patrick Morgan

    Best book on Leadership I've ever read. Impressive research validating their phenomenal model. Extremely well explained. Lucid, liberating and inspiring. Will be re-reading this one. Best book on Leadership I've ever read. Impressive research validating their phenomenal model. Extremely well explained. Lucid, liberating and inspiring. Will be re-reading this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Renee Rogers

    Best book on leadership of this decade!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ragnar

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bill Bradford

  29. 4 out of 5

    JD Lee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan

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