The Three Faces of Leadership

The Three Faces of Leadership


184 Pages


The Three Faces of Leadership takes readers inside the minds of CEOs who have been celebrated by the Harvard Business Review over the last decade of the twentieth century. Drawing on interviews with these famous CEOs, Mary Jo Hatch, Monika Kostera and Andrzej K. Kozminski demonstrate how business leaders today use aesthetics, specifically storytelling, dramatizing and mythmaking, to lead their companies successfully. They look at how they inspire organizations through their creativity, virtue and faith, and thus show the faces of the artist and priest alongside the technical and rational face of the manager.

The Three Faces of Leadership features clear and accessible explanations of the aesthetic philosophy of management: as applied to the concepts of creativity, imagination, courage, virtue, inspiration, faith and ethics. It presents techniques for developing these qualities as an essential part of leadership; together with the capacity to communicate them to others. Aesthetic leadership practices are linked to organizational culture, change, vision, values and identity. In this way, the book encourages students and executives to align the creative and spiritual aspects of business with their technical training and practice.



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Published 04 February 2009
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EAN13 9781405142496
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Chapter 1 The Aesthetics of Leadership Management as Art and Aesthetics The Three Faces of Leadership Art and Religion at the Foundation of Cultures Taking an Aesthetic Approach to Leading Overview of the Book
Chapter 2 Telling Business Stories Stories and Storytelling Storytelling in Organizations The CEOs’ Tales Reflexivity and Complexity in Organizational Storytelling Developing Your Storytelling Skills
Chapter 3 Dramatizing Leadership Theater through the Ages The Theater Metaphor in Organization Studies Theater in theHBRInterviews: From Morality Play to Global Show Dramatic Range Putting on a Show
Chapter 4 Leading Mythologically Myths and Archetypes TheHBRPantheon of Business Leaders The Incrowd: Hermes, Athena and Demeter Old Favorites: Zeus, Ares and Hephaestus Rare and Absent Gods Mythologizing Yourself and Others
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Chapter 5 Forming and Reforming the Institution of Management Managerial Culture and its Institutionalizing Force Our Interview withHBR HBR’s Role in Managerial Culture Aesthetic Influences on the Institution of Management Distinguishing Manager, Artist and Priest
Chapter 6 The Business Leader as Artist and Priest Business as Religion? Using Faith to Redress Ethics in Business The Vision to Change: Creation, Inspiration, and Institutionalization Aligning Manager, Artist and Priest
Postscript Appendix A: List of Stories and Their Locations in theHBRInterviews Appendix B: List of CEO Interviews Bibliography Additional Reading and Resources Index
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