Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity%E2%80%A8

Steven Snyder, Author, Bill George, Foreword by
Steven Snyder . Berrett-Koehler, $19.95 trade paper (216p) ISBN 978-1-60994-644-9
Reviewed on: 01/07/2013
Release date: 03/01/2013
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Leadership is never as easy as it looks and that's exactly as it should be, says executive, entrepreneur, and leadership coach Snyder, currently executive-in-residence at Minnesota's University of St. Thomas. Leadership requires extreme courage and strength, but as Snyder argues, the best leaders have to get past the expectation of perfection while still striving for greatness. The author asked corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders to speak to the times of struggle in their careers and shares 151 of these stories to illustrate how the acceptance of the hard work of leadership can create true greatness. Snyder walks readers through the all-important steps of what he terms "The Pathway to Adaptive Energy": becoming grounded, exploring new pathways, and deepening adaptive energy. In addition, he addresses the everyday difficulties of beating self-doubt, facing change, establishing balance, and getting the necessary support. This is a practical, thoughtful guide to creating sanity, as well as "purpose and meaning" within leadership. (Mar.)
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