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Jossey-Bass Releases 'The Unfinished Leader'

Jossey-Bass Releases 'The Unfinished Leader'

San Francisco, CA

"Once you've stopped learning, you've stopped leading. This book shows you why, and offers proven methods, instructive examples, and practical tools for managing some of our most complex challenges as leaders." -John T. Cahill, Chairman, Kraft Foods Group Inc.

How Do Executives Lead Others to Successful Outcomes When There Are No Right Answers?

Given the constant demands of technology, transparency, and connectedness, leaders from the front line to the C-suite find delivering results is now more challenging than ever in the face of complex dilemmas that cannot be easily solved, denied, or postponed. These perplexing, recurring issues are familiar and present throughout organizations today: the conflicting needs of purpose and profit, short- and long-term goals, local versus global demands, and the need for a flatter, more nimble organization that still executes with discipline.

These are not problems, but paradoxes-situations in which there may not be a single correct solution or right decision, and competing outcomes are continually changing, making closure impossible. While many leaders feel overwhelmed and challenged by this prospect, or engage in denial, in their new book, The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-45509-8; April 2014; $28.00), Dotlich and his team help them embrace the reality of being permanently "unfinished."

Three Things Successful Leaders Do to Be Successful Today:

? Recognize the Difference Between a Puzzle and a Paradox
? Give Up on the Hope for Control, Consistency, and Closure
? Let a Purpose, Not a Plan, Guide Your Way

The Unfinished Leader provides the mindsets and tools to recognize contradictory requirements, understand competing demands, develop decision criteria, and still be able to take action. The book will help leaders at all levels understand and excel at their true task: guiding themselves and their teams through ongoing paradoxes, reconciling competing outcomes, continually changing and adapting, and thereby building lasting success.

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