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Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  10 reviews
If leaders are made, not born, what is the best way to teach the skills they need to be effective? Today's complex times require a new kind of leadership--one that encompasses a mind-set and capabilities that can't necessarily be taught by conventional methods. In this unique leadership book, Sharon Daloz Parks invites readers to step into the classroom of Harvard leadersh ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published October 18th 2005)
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Sandy H
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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Although an interesting exploration of Heifetz's teaching methods and how they intersect with his students learning and experiencing adaptive leadership theory in the classroom, I found her extrapolation of how that that research applies in other settings weak. Her examples of other people using his methods were still primarily in classroom settings, only paying lip service to the fact that many people engaged in leadership development are not in classrooms. I would have far preferred her to fol ...more
Uses a course in leadership taught at Harvard by Ron Heifetz to illustrate how leadership can be taught. Outstanding book for those interested in the praxis of leadership.
Khaled Saifullah
The book that made my job tougher, though for good cause.
Fred Rose
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Somewhat interesting. It's odd that this book was written about a course and process, done by someone else, not the author. Sounded a bit like hero worship. Teaching in the moment, or case-in-point, had some good things to reflect upon but generally sounded like it would be extremely difficult to replicate in a different kind of course. The main takeaway for me was thinking about how to bring in more of that element into my courses. A good article could have done that, not an entire book.
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ron Heifetz is clearly one of the seminal leadership scholars, practitioners, and teachers in the field today. This superb volume, by Sharon Daloz Parks, takes off from where his two previous books (Leadership Without Easy Answers and Leadership On the Line) leave off. Leadership Can be Taught" takes its readers through Heifetz's Harvard Business School course "PAL 101--Exercising Leadership: Mobilizing Group Resources."

For those of us who have studied Heifetz's two previous books and taken cour
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book in preparation for attending a symposium by the same name. I think the book has a really limited audience...those interested in a bold new method of teaching leadership...but, it's fabulous for that particular audience. In short, it's a scholarly report on the implementation of Case in Point teaching to facilitate the development of Adaptive Leadership skills.

Sharon presents examples of activities in enough detail to really help the reader see the divergence from traditional te
Ovick Alam
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far, a thrilling read. Amazing class, breath-taking methods, and what Ron Heifetz's doing, is awfully difficult.
Matt Rawlins
A great book on leadership.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Case-in-point, reflective learning is reminiscent of verbatim reflective exercises while doing Clinical Pastoral Education. A very effective tool when applied to teaching leadership.
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