If you are thinking about becoming a leader then read this book Leadership is dangerous and taking on a problem, and leading change, can result in you being singled out, isolated, and eventually sent packing Trust me, it happens Politics.This book recognised that and provides good advice on how to survive It s a good book. As in international leadership mentor, I find great delight when one of the emerging leaders I ve the privilege of mentoring with our whole person mentoring model recommends a book to me What he said to me is, This is the best book on leadership I ve ever read It will enhance what I ve been learning from you He was 100% correct It will be required reading for all those sincerely amazing men and women I mentor Then, when suggesting this exceptional book to one of the international leaders I mentor, he told me several years ago he was in a class taught by Ronald Heifetz at the Kennedy School at Harvarda favorite of his time there Any leader, of any responsibility and magnitude, from anywhere on the planet will benefit from the creative wisdom proclaimed by Heifetz and Linsky. I came to this book through recommendations in other book It is very hard to find a quality management book so naturaly I was curious what to find in this one My conclusion is that it is very tedious to read this page from cover to cover because it is such a strange mixture of insight and underestimation of a reader Namely, on one side you find very interesting and clever sentences about leadership scattered through the book that are invaluable and truly worth reading It happened to me when I was completely confused what is this book about, and then come to the sentence that was really very good and I started to read anew the whole chapter to find what I missed out Over and over On the other side book is so full of boring, boring stories of distant and famous people that serve as an underpining of an issue at hand, that you seriously wonder if authors knew what they were doing I realy do not know why take world celebrities and black and white their stories as an examples that management principles in the book do work My intuition is that authors simply could not find relevant cases because their academic career is simply ivory tower without real life corporate experiences Face it you could never feel that from outside.So, is it worth to buy this book I think yes, but I recomend to skim through so called real examples and concentrate on parallel teoretical foundations that are at issue There you would find very usable things that you could jump to to complement your professional path. Heifetz and Linsky will let you rethink the way you see change management Although their model of adaptive change is probably not as easy as Kotter s model, it will be the only way real changes can happen in an organization A must read book, worth its price The dangerous work of leading change somebody has to do it Will you put yourself on the line To lead is to live dangerously It s romantic and exciting to think of leadership as all inspiration, decisive action, and rich rewards, but leading requires taking risks that can jeopardize your career and your personal life It requires putting yourself on the line, disrupting the status quo, and surfacing hidden conflict And when people resist and push back, there s a strong temptation to play it safe Those who choose to lead plunge in, take the risks, and sometimes get burned But it doesn t have to be that way say renowned leadership experts Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky InLeadership on the Line, they show how it s possible to make a difference without getting taken out or pushed aside They present everyday tools that give equal weight to the dangerous work of leading change and the critical importance of personal survival Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership Whether you re a parent or a politician, a CEO or a community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor If you re a leader, you know the difficulties associated with moving people in the right direction You know the frustrations both practical and emotional that occur when people aren t moving together and you need them to Maybe you ve pondered how effective leaders do their thing If you re like me, leadership is an important duty and any information on the subject is worth exploring.This book will surely not disappoint In fact, I found it to be very impactful in my own abilities in leadership This book discusses the reality of human nature in regards to decision making and leadership Most importantly, Heifetz doesn t shy away from the reality of leadership it is a painful experience Though many of us find great joy and accomplishment in being a leader, we are also not shy to say that the role is challenging at times It is challenging because we are trying to help move people into unknown waters whether it be perceptual or truly unknown Yet that s what a leader does, and needs to do, in order to lead an organization or group of individuals to a certain standard.What you ll find in this book is an honest analysis, including insight, into what Heifetz has learned over the years as a consultant and collaborator You will learn of some disappointing truths including the reality that, if not handled correctly, people will find ways to eliminate your leadership rather than embrace it You will also be able to identify and name some of the things you re experiencing as a leader Overall, it is a nice read into the challenges of being a leader with some possible solutions to help remedy or mitigate those challenges.What I found beneficial from this book is similar to when a person with a chronic illness finally finds a doctor or specialist that can name it and provide some form of concreteness to the once ambiguous thorn For years I ve struggled understanding why leaders do the things they do, or why I ve experienced certain things when all I tried to do was give my best I ve experienced being devalued, manipulated, and even scorned in the workplace for things I couldn t understand were bad This book helped me name those things and helped me understand why they occurred It was a great relief, one where I could objectively evaluate my previous experiences and confidently reflect on where I screwed up and where I was marginalized due to poor leadership.Some of you may get that same benefit if you read or listen to this text. Insightful, readable, and smart I m still reading it, but so far I am finding it very helpful.But how does a second edition after 15 years get a basic fact wrong Rosa Parks was not elderly when she refused to give up her seat on the bus She was 42 years old With all these vignettes illustrating the book s argument, a basic mistake in storytelling dings the authors credibility. It takes courage to practice leadership and this book tells us how Great insights Just like all books, don t swallow everything but still a great tool for every leader to navigate during tough leadership moments I had to read this book for one of my Master s program courses While the ideas and sound bites about admirable and successful leadership strategies were helpful to think about, the outdated examples made the book a little hard to respect. This was assigned in a class and I was skeptical However it has become one of my favorites I loved listening to the audio version while exercising and discussing with classmates Some profoundly powerful principles for all dimensions of leadership.