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The portable guide to leading organizations

Are you a leader at a Kansas City business searching for greater insights into how to lead more effectively?

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Author David Burkus recommends reading his book, The Portable Guide To Leading Organizations, when you decide to engage in a process of real leadership study. And, Burkus believes that leaders should commit today to that study of leadership, and in particular the study of leadership theory.

His book covers the:

  • basic theories and models of leadership and change
  • history of management and motivational research
  • various schools of thought surrounding how to implement strategy in organizations.

“The book serves as a great introduction to the concepts you’ll explore deeper during the study process. Likewise, it can be a great refresher after completing such study,” explains Burkus.

He says that understanding various leadership theories and knowing when to use each is critical. Theory is important, because theories “are constructed and tested by examining not just the successes but also the failures,” explains Burkus.

Burkus says that “failures are incredibly valuable for the lessons they hold, especially when they properly balance successes.” He adds, “If you’re spending all your time hiding failure, you don’t have any time to learn from it.”

In his book, Burkus writes about these leadership theories:

  • Trait
  • Skills
  • Style
  • Contingency
  • Situational
  • Path-goal
  • Leader-member exchange
  • Transformational
  • Servant
  • Strengths-based