Exceptional leaders can guide us through bursts of energy and activity that fundamentally alter the status quo. But other leaders guide us quietly, and still others lead as followers or as students, citizens, and foot soldiers from every walk of life.

Most leadership books emphasise specific rules of the road or characteristics and signposts. Tom Cronin and Michael Genovese see leadership as more nuanced and filled with paradox, a realm in which rules only occasionally apply and how to do it prescriptions obscure more than they enlighten.

Leadership Matters offers a different view of leadership one that builds community, motivates self as well as others, and one that is creatively adaptive and synthesizing.

Leaders are people with strong egos who are constantly learning and teaching. It is the leadership of teams, groups, and ideas that more often count than that from charismatic figureheads. Leadership is often a bottom-up rather than top-down phenomenon. Both context and agency matter.

The best of leaders learn to read contexts, anticipate challenges and disruptions, and employ smart power. This book sets leaders on that path to unleash the power of paradox.

Book Reviews are provided by Will Phillips from REX Roundtables, represented in Australia by JT.  If you would like to join a Roundtable or know more, contact JT.

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