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Leading With Wisdom

By  Jann Freed

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In Leading With Wisdom, Jann Freed takes the several years she spent interviewing more than 100 respected leaders, and distills their advice into eight practices that underpin leaders who connect and inspire others to achieve high performance. She takes the words of heavyweights such as Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, Stephen Covey, Marshall Goldsmith, Peter Block, and Margaret Wheatley, and presents their insights on what works and what doesn’t. Each chapter concludes with a practical application section that details ways to integrate the concepts into workshops and personal development.

 

  • Use the workshop and personal development suggestions to apply the eight practices into your daily life. 
  • Learn from the words and personal stories of highly respected leaders.
  • Integrate the best of yourself and your life into your daily tasks and roles.

This book is for anyone in a position of influence in an organization, or those who train these individuals. It’s also for those who feel they are drowning in information, but starving for wisdom about what behaviors nurture people, organizations, and communities at large. Discussing her research process with these experts, Jann says, "When I asked about leadership—they told me about life." This book helps leaders integrate the best of themselves and their lives into the tasks and roles of leaders.

Author Jann Freed talks to KCCI's Mollie Cooney about "Leading with Wisdom."

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Author

Jann Freed

Jann E. Freed, is a Leadership Development and Change Manage­ment Consultant with the Genysys Group. She primarily works with individuals and businesses in the Midwest to transitionto get from where they are to where they want to be. She has worked with compa­nies such as Wells Fargo, Principal Financial Group, Vermeer Manu­facturing, Nationwide, and Meredith Corporation.

She is professor emerita of business management and the former Mark and Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Leadership and Character Development at Central College in Pella, Iowa where she joined the faculty in 1981. She earned her PhD from Iowa State University, MBA at Drake University, and undergraduate degree in business manage­ment from Central College.

She is the co-author of four booksthree on continuous im­provement in higher education and a book on learner-centered assess­ment on college campuses.

You can learn more about Jann at www.JannFreed.com.

Reviews

"There are leadership practices and there are leadership practices, but not all of them matter. Jann Freed, in her relentless research over several years, has gathered the wisdom, insights, and practices of leaders she has identified as 'sages,' and has distilled from all that material the things that really matter in leadership. I only wish I'd had this book when I was a young manager trying to be a leader. Read this, then give a copy to every aspiring leader you know, as well as to those who are in leadership positions but haven't figured out yet what really matters."

Jim Autry
Author of The Servant Leader and Choosing Gratitude

"Leading With Wisdom is a welcome addition to the thinking of millions of Boomers who are at the turning point of their generational life: from leading the pack of doing to leading the pack of reflecting. This book will help today's 55-75 year olds support the generations we are mentoring. No matter where you fall in the spectrum of professional life, Jann Freed’s thoughtful research and stories will inform and inspire."

Christina Baldwin
Author of Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Stories
andThe Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (with Ann Linnea)

 

"Through enlightening interviews and wise commentary, Jann Freed reveals the secrets of great leadership and shows us a path to purposeful sage-ing. A profoundly relevant book for every leader today."

Richard Leider
Author of Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose

"This book is exactly what we need to find our way during this chaotic and troubling time. Other cultures have always relied on wisdom keepers—those elders who have lived with awareness and discernment. It's time for us to realize that we cannot survive without such wisdom—wisdom that is always simple, clear, and eternally true."

Margaret J. Wheatley
Author of many books, most recently: So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World.

"If you read the business headlines, it is easy to believe that wisdom is sorely lacking in our leaders and organizations, and that it is desperately needed.  It is true that greater wisdom is desperately needed.  And this book is full of wisdom from leadership sages, wisdom you can use immediately in your own leadership, because it’s been there in you all along. It is a book of hope and inspiration. Jann Freed’s stories and research give you the courage to live your deepest principles and to embrace these eight powerful, meaningful and effective leadership practices. We all need to be living in alignment with these, wherever we show up. That would be heaven on earth."

Judi Neal
Author of Edgewalkers: People and Organizations that Take Risks, Build Bridges, and Break New Ground and Enlightened Organizations: Four Gateways to Spirit at Work.

"I can easily recommend Jann’s book as it is a vote for restoring our humanity. This is much needed in this instrumental world, especially among those concerned with leadership. The book is also written with a light and flowing touch which offers the ideas in a very accessible way."

Peter Block
Author of Flawless Consulting: A Guide for Getting Your Expertise Used and Community: The Structure of Belonging

 

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781562868703

Pages: 248

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: August 2013

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111315

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