New Faces Of Leadership

Amanda Sinclair, Valerie Wilson
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New Faces Of Leadership

Published

1 September 1998

ISBN

9780522850352

Weight

193g

Size

220mm x 142mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

New Faces Of Leadership

Amanda Sinclair, Valerie Wilson
In New Faces of Leadership, Amanda Sinclair and Valerie Wilson investigate the more open and flexible forms that future leadership will take.
Old models of tough, out-front leadership have less and less relevance in today's dynamic and international business environment. In New Faces of Leadership, Amanda Sinclair and Valerie Wilson investigate the more open and flexible forms that future leadership will take They explore the experiences of thirty of Australia's business leaders, all with successful careers in large corporations-and their approach is unusual. By drawing out the backgrounds of these men and women, the authors show how personal experience helps forge an openness to difference. The childhood stories of these leaders are fascinating. They establish that early experiences in crossing borders-physical, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic and emotional borders-are a key ingredient for successful leadership in today's world. In the stories of those from immigrant backgrounds, it is not surprising to find discrimination and a strong sense of needing to camouflage difference. But peeling back the layers reveals that those with more conventional lives…
Old models of tough, out-front leadership have less and less relevance in today's dynamic and international business environment. In New Faces of Leadership, Amanda Sinclair and Valerie Wilson investigate the more open and flexible forms that future leadership will take. They explore the experiences of thirty of Australia's business leaders, all with successful careers in large corporations-and their approach is unusual. By drawing out the backgrounds of these men and women, the authors show how personal experience helps forge an openness to difference. The childhood stories of these leaders are fascinating. They establish that early experiences in crossing borders-physical, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic and emotional borders-are a key ingredient for successful leadership in today's world. In the stories of those from immigrant backgrounds, it is not surprising to find discrimination and a strong sense of needing to camouflage difference. But peeling back the layers reveals that those with more conventional lives have also been shaped by a variety of border-crossing experiences. New Faces of Leadership is full of unexpected insights. It pinpoints the ambivalence many leaders feel about advocating for difference in business contexts. Yet it predicts that successful future leaders will be people who, having harnessed their own experiences of difference, are able to bring openness, flexibility and courage to their leadership.

Amanda Sinclair

Amanda Sinclair

Amanda Sinclair is an author, researcher, consultant and teacher in leadership, change, gender and diversity. A Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne, her books include Doing Leadership Differently, Leadership for the Disillusioned and Leading Mindfully. Sinclair is also a teacher of yoga and meditation.

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