What is it that causes a leader to go bad? Or to become good? Is it the organizational environment? Is it the stress of the job?
For leaders living in an imperfect, broken world, work turns out to be a kind of crucible. A place where they experience the heat, pressure, and corrosion of elevated responsibility. For most of us, the crucible of work is unavoidable. So the question becomes, how do we endure the crucible without being hopelessly deformed by it? Or, how can we use the crucible to form us into a more valuable and authentic leader?
In Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader, Dr. Shugart shares insights from his 30 years of experience as a leader, including his service as the president of Valencia College—inaugural winner of the Aspen Prize for Excellence. Avoiding the latest leadership gimmicks and fads, Leadership in the Crucible of Work will guide you on an inward journey to discover how to do the interior work that leads to becoming an authentic leader.
In This Book You Will:
- Discover inner attitudes that lead to the outer actions of a great leader.
- Understand the importance of asking good questions—because every good question directs a leader to a better one.
- Learn how an exceptional leader says, “we are in this together,” then demonstrates it to be true.
- Find out why the greatest threat to a leader is their own ego, hubris, and blind spots—and what to do about it.
- Come to realize that the difficult experiences of work (i.e. the crucible) exist to consume the dross of self so the leader is humbly drawn into servant leadership.
- Uncover how to become the unique leader you were meant to be.
- Find encouragement and guidance to shape your inward journey as you become an outwardly successful, authentic leader.