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Hard Times: Leadership in America

Coming September 2014: Hard Times“Hard Times is a brilliantly insightful and immensely important book. It’s a tour de force-a passionate, provocative, and persuasive discourse on the extraordinarily complex context that confronts leaders in every waking moment. There is no one better able to tell this story than Kellerman. She is an exceptional writer with an extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge who never hesitates to tell it like it is. Hard Times is one of those rare books that comes along every so often that gets you to stand up straight and pay attention. Bold, brawny, and sometimes disquieting, it is an essential guide to orienting in these uncertain times. Every leader and student of leadership must read this book. Now!”

– James Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge, and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University


The End of Leadership

The End of LeadershipThe End of Leadership tells two tales. The first is about change – about how and why leadership and followership have changed over time, especially in the last ten years. As a result of cultural evolution and technological revolution, the balance of power between leaders and followers has shifted in democratic systems and organizations – with leaders becoming weaker and followers stronger.  The second narrative is about the “leadership industry” itself. Questions are raised both about leadership as a scholarly pursuit, and about leadership as a set of practical skills. Specifically, does the research justify the undertaking? And can leadership be taught – if so, how do we know?

The End of Leadership was long-listed by the Financial Times as one of the best business books of 2012. And it was named by Choice as one of the best academic publications of 2013.

“Barbara Kellerman does not play nicely with the other boys and girls – and we are all the better for it. Anyone interested in a penetrating critique of the leadership industry should read this provocative new book from our foremost leadership contrarian.” -Robert Kegan,  Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Development, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence

Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and InfluenceLeadership: Essential Selections is a concise yet expansive collection of great leadership literature that has stood the test of time. Every single selection has had and continues to have an impact on how and what we think about what it means to leader. And every single one has had an impact on leadership as an area of intellectual inquiry. Included are selections from Lao Tzu, Plato, Machiavelli, Wollstonecraft, Paine, Marx and Engels, Tolstoy, Weber, Freud, Friedan – and Queen Elizabeth I, Gandhi, Churchill, King and Mandela. The selections in the volume are timeless, universal, and essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject of leadership and, for that matter, in great literature.

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing LeadersThere is no leader without at least one follower – that’s obvious. But this groundbreaking volume is the first to provide a sweeping view of followers both in their own right – and in relation to their leaders. It deliberately departs from the leader-centric approach that has for too long dominated our thinking about leadership and management.

Followership enables us to see how people with relatively fewer sources of power, authority, and influence matter. They matter when they do something – and they matter even when they do little or nothing. In these rapidly changing times, and as Kellerman makes crystal clear, to fixate on leaders at the expense of followers is to do so at our peril. The latter are every bit as important as the former – which makes this book required reading for superiors and subordinates alike.

“At long last, followership brilliantly comes into its own – as leadership. Kellerman is noted for her original and arresting studies in leadership; in Followership, a book rich with historical examples and real-life situations, she offers bold new ideas about the leader-follower interaction.” -James MacGregor Burns, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government, emeritus, Williams College

“Barbara Kellerman’s exciting book, Followership, offers breakthrough insights into why and how people relate to their leaders …. Every leader should read this book to understand how to become more effective in leading.”  –Bill George, Author of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change

Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for ChangeDespite recent progress, women seeking leadership positions face persistent and pervasive barriers. These include gender bias in leadership opportunities, gender inequalities in family responsibilities, inflexibilities in workplace structures, and inadequacies in social polices.

Women and Leadership brings together in one comprehensive volume preeminent scholars from a range of disciplines to address the challenges involving women and leadership. These experts explore when and how women exercise power and what stands in their way. This groundbreaking volume offers readers an informed analysis of the state of women and leadership.

“This book provides the most comprehensive account to date of women’s persistent underrepresentation in leadership roles, why it matters, and what can be done to change it.” —From the Foreword by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.)

“This book provides the most authoritative exploration yet published of the obstacles still in the way and strategies for overcoming them. It is packed with insights and understandings from many of the best in the field – all point the way forward. Bravo!” —David Gergen, Professor of Public Service and co-director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

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Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters

Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It MattersBad Leadership argues that it’s time to embrace a more honest, holistic view of leadership that acknowledges the dark side of the human condition. In a departure from conventional thinking, Kellerman contends that bad leadership is not exactly an aberration, but a ubiquitous and often insidious part of everyday life. Two basic categories of bad leadership are identified – ineffective and unethical – as well as seven different types, ranging from incompetent at the one end, to evil at the other.

“If all Kellerman did was remind us of how often our so-called leaders go astray, it would be a useful lesson. But she does far more. This books shows us the crucial differences between good and bad leadership … a superb and important book.” –Mickey Edwards, Vice President of the Aspen Institute

“Kellerman invades a contested terrain few dare to think about, and fewer understand: destructive leadership and its consequences. Bad Leadership is a powerful contribution to our understanding of how bad leaders go wrong, and how they seduce and betray their followers. The book provides no cure, but a way of cauterizing the wounds of power.” –Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California

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Other Books

All the President’s kin

Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East

Leadership: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Making Decisions

Political Leadership: A Source Book

The Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership from Kennedy through Reagan

The President As World Leader

Reinventing Leadership: Making the Connection Between Politics and Business

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