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Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A Multidimensional Approach to Leadership
Top-down, one-dimensional leadership models are hopelessly outmoded in today's rapidly changing world, and they waste the leadership ability that is present throughout an organization. In this visionary book, Karen and Henry Kimsey-House provide a model that harnesses the possibility of many rather than relying on the power of one.
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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John E. Smith
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all leaders - current and future
Recommended to John E. by: Weaving Influence
I have a very small list of critical books on leadership development, which I use as references and regularly recommend or provide to others who appear serious about growing in their leadership journey.

Co-Active Leadership made the short list in the first 17 pages ...

I already knew the reputations of Henry and Karen Kimsey-House from their earlier book "Co-Active Coaching", a classic title in the leadership/life coaching field. When I began reading this new book on leadership, I expected a plea
Lisa Kosak
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most effective leaders aren’t those that are loud, extroverted, and attention seeking at every turn. Diverse leaders come in all shapes, sizes, background, and experience. I’ve always thought that we are all leaders, it just depends on our role in the moment or perhaps what we are passionate about in our stage of life. I know that I can be an effective leader in one group yet, I may glide to the background in another group. That’s what’s so magical about true leadership. Just because someone ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so fast, and then I read it again -- like five more times in the next few days. Part of that, I admit, is because it was the only audio book I had saved on my phone at the time and I had a lot of commuting to do, but more of that is because *I really found what it had to say useful and meaningful to me.* I liked the examples of how everyone in a situation can take ownership of their own actions, and how all participants in a group endeavour have make-or-break power that ought to ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book and work by Karen and Henry Kimsey-House in defining new ways of living together and co-creating a new world. Bringing co-creation into leadership and re-framing leadership into a fluid, multi-dimensional model of choices is a response by the authors to what is needed in the bigger system. I intended to say that the book is an easy and quick read, but this would deceive and diminish the depth of it. It is written in a way that could lead you to quickly read through and ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this short little "leadership" book. Yes, it IS a leadership book, but one I think everyone should read so don't be put off by the title. This is an important non-traditional way to look at leadership. The authors' model contains 5 facets: Leader Within, Leader in Front, Leader Behind, Leader Beside, and Leader in the Field. Everyone is a leader, no matter what your title or role in life. In order to lead most effectively, you need to learn how to master each of these facets and s ...more
Mara Vernon
The model and concepts are ok. The book just felt surface level. Felt like it wanted to radically change common leadership yet didn't give the depth on how or why we should.
Mark Roossinck
I tend to have a positive rating result, but the reason I rated this one with a three is because the reading was awkward to me. I had to work this one to get what I needed!

An interesting perspective on Leadership as the authors view leadership from five different dimensions: Co-Active Leadership within, Co-Active Leadership up front, Co-Active Leadership from behind, Co-Active Leadership besides and Co-Active Leadership in the field. The key is to adapt to these various dimensions in the moment,
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple but profound book showing the reader that leadership is not about title and authority and comes in many shapes and forms. I rated four stars mostly because the ideas seem too simple after having read hundreds of leadership books from various perspectives.

A great read for someone who needs to expand their idea of leadership or thinks they are not "ready to lead"
Glennie Mercer
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Liked the book - love the model!! A useful and meaningful way to view leadership. No need to memorize 10 steps, rather it’s easy to remember the 5 Dimensions as 5 ways of “being” as a leader - and we are all leaders !
Jenn Wen
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In today’s organizations, with matrix structures and desire to be more agile, the co-active leadership model has something to offer. This short book provides an overview - it would be strengthened with more case studies and tools for applying the model in practice.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A light read. Some of the concepts were a bit nebulous.
John Lynn
While this book has a lot of fluff, it's worth a skim to gain some new perspectives on leadership.
Ron Quartel
The most important job for a leader is growing leadership in others.

Human beings share a powerful longing and desire to affect the world around them.

Nadin Soliman
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice for beginners .
I received this book as a First Readers Giveaway. The book seems to pull together many ideas from other similar books to create a unique way to view what the authors call five dimensions of leadership. The five ways to lead are Leading in Front, Behind, Beside, Within, and in the Field. The notion of Co-Active Leadership grew through the experiences of many associated with the Coach's Training Institute which espouses Co-Active Coaching.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "While the big
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

This book delivered more than I expected of it. Many books in this genre are mostly rehashes of what this book calls "Co-active leader in front". It was refreshing to see other forms of leadership given equal standing, such as taking a back seat from the spotlight and making sure everything is running smoothly from behind the scenes (leader from behind), or giving yourself what you need to succeed and help others (leader within
Rozana AlBanawi
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for "every person who chooses to take responsibility for creating the world around them". According to the authors, those are leaders. The term leadership has evolved tremendously and the book intrudes the CoActive Leadership Model, that has 5 dimensions of leadership. They describe each of the five elaborately and by the end of this fast read, the reader can feel a shift in mindset regarding who is a leader and when do I lead..
I use this model with interactive talks at organization
Tim Habert
I won this book from a giveaway on goodreads. This book was very effective in explaining co-active leadership and its benefits. Leadership is more than bossing people around. It's about starting and maintaining a culture of helpfulness. To be an effective leader one must build, coach, and cultivate dependability and competence. This book also several ways you can achieve that.
John Miller
As a Co-Active Coach, this is a rehash of Co-Active Coaching. I love the metaphor of leader in the front, back, side, & field. Some good reminders of things. Other than that, nothing new, and shallow.

The book uses stories, which is nice, but, too much story & not enough in depth substance.
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One of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession, Karen Kimsey-House founded CTI in 1992 with Laura Whitworth and Henry Kimsey-House. Together, they created the Co-Active philosophy of relationship that informs CTI’s world-renowned coaching and leadership programs.

Karen is also is a blogger for The Huffington Post and the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling indus
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