Leadership Solutions: The Pathway to Bridge the Leadership Gap

Reading is fun. But not every book is really worth reading it – especially when it comes to business books. Therefore I already started the “Book of the Week” Series, where I share comprehensive abstracts on my favourite books.

Now I want to start another series called: “Business Books” – featuring information on books in a more compact way. Today I would like to present you “Leadership Solutions: The Pathway to Bridge the Leadership Gap”, by Weiss, Molinaro and Davey (2007).

Synopsis
Leadership Solutions provides the information companies must have in order to develop their leadership capability and to accelerate the development of their future leaders. Business leaders will learn how to measure and diagnose their company’s leadership gap and will discover the steps they must take in order to identify and build leaders who will help them bridge the leadership gap. Find out more. Read this review. Organizations often struggle to build the leadership capacity necessary to thrive in an ever-changing global business environment. In fact, leadership development may be one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today.

In Leadership Solutions, David Weiss, Vince Molinaro, and Liane Davey, provide the information companies must have in order to develop their leadership capability and to accelerate the development of their future leaders. Business leaders will learn how to measure and diagnose their company’s leadership gap and will discover the steps they must take in order to identify and build leaders who will help them bridge the leadership gap. The current and anticipated leadership gap is a very serious global concern among both public and private business sectors. Organizations that are attempting to address this concern often have questions such as how can we build leadership capacity throughout the organization? How can we anticipate the type of leadership that we will need in the future, and how do we know when we have bridged the leadership gap?

There are many reasons that organizations are struggling to close their leadership gaps. They may rely on traditional, and outdated, views of leadership. For example, when companies believe charisma is what makes a leader, they become focused on molding a leader to fit a certain prescribed style rather than helping leaders to develop the skills necessary to run an organization. Another traditional belief about leadership that organizations tend to have is that the leader must come up through a certain sector of the organization and have technical expertise in a certain key area of the company. Organizations holding this view are often led by highly capable technical experts, but as organizations become increasingly complex, the perspective of the technical expert may be too narrow to handle all of the issues encountered. Today’s leaders need to be capable of rising above their specific expertise to lead the whole company.

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