A successful career means more than just upward mobility and a house in the suburbs-it's the chance to work with people who are as optimistic, energetic, and successful as you are. The chance, in other words, to be part of a company of heroes. In this book, authors Henry Sims and Charles Manz show you how to make this dream come true. Company of Heroes is a springboard for releasing the talent, energy, and enthusiasm of everyone in the organization-not just those at the top. Offering new concepts of leadership-among them, heroic self-leadership-this remarkable book calls for a new, dynamic attitude toward work in today's business organizations. Developing ideas presented in their acclaimed book SuperLeadership, the authors describe a pragmatic, detailed program you can use to transform everyone in your company into a heroic self-leader.
You'll learn: How to become a self-leader and serve as a self-leadership model for others Why SuperLeadership is much more in tune with today's business needs than traditional models of leadership How the core process of follower self-leadership works and how to implement proven self-leadership strategies How organizations and managers can make the challenging transition to self-leadership How to use teams to empower followers and how to take the entire team concept to the next level How a total culture of self-leadership can create a company of heroes What can be learned from the examples of such real-life SuperLeaders as Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric; Ricardo Semler, CEO of Semler Industries; and Dennis Bakke, CEO of AES Corporation An invaluable resource for all managers and supervisors, Company of Heroes is a blueprint for all those who want to build the new, more dynamic organizations of the future now. A practical, step-by-step program for unleashing the full talents of everyone in your organization Company of Heroes In the leaner, meaner organizations of the 1990s the ability to turn a work group into a company of heroes is the key to managerial success.
Drawing on concepts set forth in their bestselling SuperLeadership, Henry P. Sims, Jr., and Charles C. Manz provide a complete set of proven, easy-to-use strategies and techniques that managers can use to help their people become heroes-creative, highly motivated self-leaders. Practical, step-by-step guidance on implementing SuperLeadership concepts in any industry How to become a self-leader and serve as a self-leadership model for others A detailed examination of the traditional leadership models-why they have lost effectiveness and why SuperLeadership offers a more dynamic, empowering way to lead Promoting self-led teamwork and boosting the performance levels of teams Vivid, real-life examples of SuperLeaders and self-leadership in action And many more strategies and techniques for unleashing the powerful self-leadership capacity that resides within each person. Company of Heroes is must reading for all managers and supervisors determined to create extraordinarily effective organizations.
Table of Contents
Partial table of contents: BEYOND HEROIC LEADERSHIP. Unleashing the Power of Self-Leadership. The Strongman. The Transactor. The Visionary Hero. The SuperLeader. HEROIC SELF-LEADERSHIP. The First Step in SuperLeadership: Becoming a Self-Leader. Finding Natural Rewards in the Task: Smelling the Roses. Cognitive-Focused Self-Leadership Strategies: The Opportunity Thinker. CREATING HEROIC SELF-LEADERS THROUGH SUPERLEADERSHIP. SuperLeadership: Leading Others to Lead Themselves. Teams and Teamwork: Creating Heroic Teams. Team Leadership. CREATING A COMPANY OF HEROES. Developing Self-Leadership in Others: How Do I Really Do It? The Destination: Creating a Company of Heroic Self-Leaders. Notes. Index.
HENRY P. SIMS, JR., is Professor of Management and Organization at the Maryland Business School, and CHARLES C. MANZ is Professor of Management at Arizona State University. They are the coauthors of SuperLeadership and Business Without Bosses.