28th out of 36 books — 11 voters
Change Leader: Learning to Do What Matters Most
Leadership expert Michael Fullan reveals six core practices for today's leaders In his previous best-selling books, Michael Fullan examined the concepts and processes of change. Now he turns his focus to the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leading in today's complex world. He outlines the six practices-Earn Trust, Fine-Tune Focus, Develop Others, Know Yo...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Jossey-Bass
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We live in a challenging, complex, inter-connected and unpredictable world beset by a range of seemingly insoluble problems. But, says Michael Fullan—an internationally acclaimed authority on organizational change—we have an increasing understanding of how to tackle complex change. This involves developing a new kind of leader: one who recognizes what is needed to bring about deep and lasting changes in living systems at all levels. These leaders need a deep understanding of what motivates us as...more
I approached this book skeptically, wondering what light it could shed on my current role as an administrator at a college; however, years ago I had liked Fullan's previous What's Worth Fighting For in your School, so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. While I won't necessarily see myself using some of the language he does, e.g., "simplexity" or "impressive empathy," I very much appreciated his ability to put into words some of what I had observed during a stressful period of change at my instit...more
Fullan practices what he preaches by approaching leadership with simplexity. With only seven key principles that are profoundly simple and insightful, Fullan advises the reading leader to become introspective and learn. The book is easy to read, yet rich with information. The insights and advice will serve any learning leader well.
I enjoyed the book. It was an easy read and straight forward. Fullan unpacked a lot of the dense and nonsense in leadership literature. He provided a common sense approach of change leadership that centered around experience and growth with theory playing a secondary role to guide the leader to improve practice.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. An excellent read for the aspiring leader in today's changing business environment. As a future school administrator, the lessons are useful in the world of education as well, and the other references academic institutions often throughout the book.
A very engaging read with a consistent message on how to develop yourself into an expert leader of change. Varied examples from across the western world, though education is the primary focus. Definitely worth a look.