The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at E

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Business & Economics - 480 pages

In this Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller, Michigan Business School guru and worldwide consultant Noel Tichy brings his special brand of organisational transformation to a practical level that guarantees a leader at every level of an organisation.

Why do some companies consistently win in the marketplace while others struggle from crisis to crisis? The answer, says Noel Tichy, is that winning companies possess a "Leadership Engine" , a proven system for creating dynamic leaders at every level. Technologies, products and economies constantly change. To get ahead and stay ahead, companies need agile, flexible, innovative leaders who can anticipate change and respond to new realities swiftly. Tichy explains that everyone has untapped leadership potential that can be developed winning leaders and winning organisations have figured out how to do this.

In this acclaimed bestseller, Tichy offers colourful and insightful best-practice examples from dozens of leaders gathered from decades of research and practical experience.


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Broadly applicable guide to becoming a leader and growing others
In many areas of human endeavor, from politics to business, leadership is the road to higher accomplishments. The best leaders groom
future leaders, not just those near the top, but throughout the ranks of their organizations. Thus business leaders create “winning organizations.” In his 1997 classic, reissued in 2002, best-selling author Noel M. Tichy, writing with researcher and consultant Eli Cohen, explains how leaders lead, how they function as true teachers, and how they ensure that worthy successors will follow them. While Tichy’s real-world leadership examples from the 1990s may sport a few cobwebs, they offer timeless lessons. You can put these lessons into practice at your company using the handy workbook Tichy includes. getAbstract recommends this practical, insightful guide to those interested in leading and in teaching others to lead. 


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About the author (2009)

Noel M. Tichy is a professor at the University of Michigan Business School, director of the school's Global Leadership Partnership, and former head of GE's Crotonville Leadership Development Center. He is the author of the best seller Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will (with Stratford Sherman).