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Head, Heart and Guts: How the World's Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership)
This book reveals the three most important capabilities leaders must demonstrate today: the ability to set strategy, empathize with others, and take risks—all at the same time. In Head, Heart, and Guts, leadership experts David Dotlich, Peter Cairo, and Stephen Rhinesmith—who teach and coach CEOs and executive teams throughout the world—argue that to be successful in a complex, matrixed, fast-moving world, “whole” leaders must set strategy, develop trusting relationships with others, and consistently do the right thing based on personal values. “Partial” leaders, often the product of traditional executive programs, may be successful in the shortrun, but their companies lose over time. Filled with case studies of companies such as Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and UBS, Head, Heart, and Guts, lays out specific steps and actions for leaders who want to grow beyond their “leadership comfort zone” and an action plan for companies that want to move beyond tried-and-true leadership development in order to develop “whole” leaders throughout their leadership pipeline.
A Willingness to Put One's Beliefs on the Line!
By Thomas M. Loarie
- January 1, 2007
Dotlich et al's "Head, Heart and Guts" and Ram Charan's "Know-How" serve as perfect bookends to all that has been written over the years on leadership philosophy and practice.
In "Know-How," Charan constructs a more complete leadership theory integrating "know-how" with personality traits, psychological orientation and cognitive architecture. In "Head, Heart and Guts," Dotlich et al recommend a second new perspective on leadership and a fresh approach to leadership development with a focus on the integration of the head, the heart and guts. "Guts" as an umbrella term for a willingness to do the right thing, no matter how difficult that is - a willingness to put one's beliefs on the line!
The authors point out that we have been focused on "partial leadership" with an emphasis on cognitive skills and/or, until recently, on emotional skills. But leaders today are encountering decision points for which there are no "right" solutions and these skills alone will not... read more
Compelling case for leaders with a soft side
By Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract"
- August 7, 2007
In this presentation of the potentially exciting topic of executive leadership, authors David L. Dotlich, Peter C. Cairo and Stephen H. Rhinesmith stress the nuances of theory, perhaps at the expense of showing additional, powerful human examples. Maybe that comes from the authors' perspectives as consultants who often must disassemble a topic to present it in their own way. While the book has a compelling basic theme - developing leaders who become effective by learning to be compassionate and brave, as well as savvy - that insight gets a bit mired in the presentation. The book offers worthwhile guidance, and supplies almost too many clipboard processes and checklists of symptoms, problems and techniques. We find the book's concept contemporary and intriguing. While its procedural guidance may be helpful, its wisdom resides in its discussions of mature leadership.
Interview with Dr. David Dotlich
- March 31, 2013
In their excellent and thought provoking book 'Head, Heart, and Guts', leadership experts David Dotlich, Peter Cairo, and Stephen Rhinesmith--who teach and coach CEOs and executive teams throughout the world--argue that to be successful in a complex, uncertain and fast-moving world, "whole" leaders need to learn to use not just their head, but also the competencies of heart and gut, of compassion and courage.
Their work fits perfectly with and supports our own work on multiple Brain Integration Techniques (mBIT) which is based on the neuroscience findings of complex, adaptive and fully functional neural networks or 'brains' in the gut and heart regions.
We recently interviewed Dr. David Dotlich on the 'Head, Heart and Guts of Leadership' and it's links with mBIT, and if you are interested you can download the mp3 of the interview for free here:
Our work on the competencies of the head, heart and gut brains can be found in our book mBraining... read more
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