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Leadership in My Rearview Mirror

Leadership in My Rearview Mirror

Author: Jack Beach
Publisher: MC Press Online
Publication Date: Jan-2012
Subject: Management

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With a Foreword by Howard T. Prince II, Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership, The University of Texas at Austin Shared inside these pages are the leadership insights of a man who rose from reluctant draftee to decorated Army colonel, helped build the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and now works to develop IBM's most senior leaders.

Using concise, anecdotal chapters, author Jack Beach reveals what it takes to be a superior leader. He asserts that the primary task of leaders, especially those in senior positions, is the creation of organizational climates characterized by 360 degrees of trust and deep engagement. In service of this principle, he explains the importance of intrinsic motivationprinciple-based leadership, introduces tools such as The 5 Trust Vital Signs, and promotes the idea of collective leadership.

Ultimately, leadership is not some set of accumulated skills, but about human development and personal reflection. It is about understanding ourselves and those around us. Being in tune with others requires being in tune with ourselves—and continually examining the frames of reference through which we view the world.

To further guide you along the path to leadership excellence, Jack includes his 19-tenet Personal Leadership Philosophy.

If you aspire to become a leader, want to improve your leadership skills, or simply enjoy good stories, then this book is for you. Its reflections and observations will change your view forever.
About author
Jack Beach
Johnston (Jack) Beach is a Senior Leadership Development Consultant at IBM, where he currently manages the Leadership Strategy and Research Group and has oversight of the Executive Leadership Development Programs. In that role, he has had a great impact on IBM's recognition over the past several years as the #1 corporation in leadership development. Prior to coming to IBM, Jack was a Colonel in the United States Army and a Professor of Psychology who helped to build the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Jack spent 30 years in the U.S. Army. His career started as a draftee in 1969. He was trained as a combat medic and served with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam, where he experienced his first of many personal leadership experiences. He very quickly advanced from Private to a Platoon Sergeant. Commissioned in 1973, Jack spent nearly 18 years in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, where he was a Professor and Director of the Psychology Programs. Before arriving at West Point, he taught at the U.S. Army's Academy of Health Sciences, where he was a key member of the team who created a course for training the military's paraprofessional counselors. He has consulted extensively on leadership development and leadership education throughout the world.

Jack received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Maine, Orono, and his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He is a graduate of various military schools, including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Contents
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface

INTRODUCTION: Title Fight

PART I: The Reflective Leader: Leadership and Other Things I Learned Along the Way
Chapter 1: Out of Control
Chapter 2: The Face in the Mirror
Chapter 3: The Cost of Leadership
Chapter 4: Values: It's All in the Feet
Chapter 5: Leader of Rebels
Chapter 6: Trusting the Untrustworthy
Chapter 7: “I Am—Somebody!”
Chapter 8: It's All You
Chapter 9: Of Frogs and Leaders
Chapter 10: Talk
Chapter 11: It Pays to Treat People Unjustly
Chapter 12: Just Names
Chapter 13: On Leadership and Kite Flying

PART II: Leaders in Search of Leadership
Chapter 14: Leader in Search of Leadership
Chapter 15: Packing Parachutes—Leadership Isn't What It Used to Be
Chapter 16: Leading Kindergarten Recess
Chapter 17: On Their Knees at 2 A.M. in the Drugstore
Chapter 18: “I Can't Get No Satisfaction”
Chapter 19: Turbulence Creates Leaders / Leaders Create Turbulence
Chapter 20: Leadership: It's Just Talk

PART III: Leaders in Their Own Words
Chapter 21: Leaders Are Full of Hot Air!
Chapter 22: Crisis at 35,000 Feet

EPILOGUE: Your Leadership Book

Appendix I: IBM's Leadership Framework
Appendix II: U.S. Coast Guard Principles
Appendix III: U.S. Coast Guard Values

Index
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