Leadership Notes #15 – Leading at a Higher Level

(This series of “notes” first appeared in the YahooGroup “VenturingList” and are written by Michael Brown. I thought that they were worth sharing with the Commissioner Corps.)

Ken Blanchard, who is a well know author of various leadership development works, including the “One Minute Manager”, Situational Leadership II, High Performing Teams (his term for the Team Development & Team Leadership Models), Situational Self Leadership and more, has a relatively new book out.

“Leading at a High Level” is billed as the definitive work by Blanchard on leadership, based on his 25 years of work in the area. It has several chapters on leadership topics, co-written by members of his organization. Several of these topics are, of course, covered in more detail in one of the several works from Blanchard & co, but this book brings all these topics together into one work, and does give additional information, sources, etc. It doesn’t lose the style of writing used in these other books, or the great examples, but unlike them, you get footnotes and further sources. Recently, a revised and expanded edition came out, with some new chapters and rearrangement of the others. (the first version came out in 2006, the new one in 2010).

Here are some of the topics covered:

* Visioning
* Being a high performing organization
* Empowerment
* Situational Leadership II (this is supposed to be the definitive discussion of this)
* Self Leadership
* Performance management
* One Minute Manager
* Situational Team Leadership (Team Development/Team Leadership)
* Organization Leadership
* Managing Change
* Servant Leadership (good intro to the topic, better shows how it ties into SLII, and some good business examples of it)

And more.

Each chapter is stand alone. One could read thru the entire book, or just specific chapters. The chapters are gathered into four sections, each with a different theme, so you could focus on a particular section as well.

This book in no way replaces his other leadership works (such as the ones on SLII, High Performing Teams and Self Leadership), but instead builds upon, updates, and expands. I keep this book on my shelf next to my other Blanchard works.