Beyond Authority: Leadership in a Changing World
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Many leaders have established their reputation in the internal silo environment of their organization. When they extend their leadership role beyond the organization, authority and legitimacy are constantly in question. Julia Middleton argues that new leaders need to be confident to legitimize themselves and challenge old ways. They need to develop a leadership style that will enable them to lead beyond the traditional boundaries and constraints of the organization. This book provides many challenging and compelling ideas and examples.
"In Beyond Authority, Julia Middleton offers a refreshing and original perspective on leadership. She shows us how to implement our dreams and overcome obstacles - including the obstacle that no one asked us to do it in the first place. This is the right book for bureaucracy-bashers and social entrepreneurs who want to change the world."
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
"What you will learn from this book is worth more than money. Not only will you learn to lead beyond your authority, but also how to be a better leader within your authority too. If you were only to buy one book about leadership, then it should be this."
—David Puttnam, President of UNICEF (UK), former filmmaker
Julia Middleton has a contacts list to die for - and it shows in the enormous range of experience and wisdom she has been able to tap for this book. Effective leadership in the real world operates way beyond the conventional boundaries of business management and this book is both brave and successful in showing what it takes to succeed."
—Sir Derek Higgs, Chairman, Alliance & Leicester plc
"Beyond Authority is an insightful, highly relevant book on leaders who play key roles outside their spheres of influence. In a very lucid manner, Julia Middleton explains, with real-life examples and anecdotes, how leaders gain legitimacy in areas where they don't have control. This is an indispensable, inspiring book for leaders who hope to bring about real, tangible change: not just in their professions, but also outside them, in the broader community in which they live."
—Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
"Julia Middleton knows about leadership in a truly natural yet profound way. If you do nothing else this year - read this book. It will be the beginning of something good."
—Sir Gerry Robinson, Chair, Moto Hospitality Ltd, author of I'll Show Them Who's Boss! Six Secrets of Successful Management
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About the Author
Julia Middleton is the Founder and Chief Executive of Common Purpose. She is a passionate campaigner for more diverse leaders who are active in civil society. Julia has a wide experience of working with organizations and is a frequent public speaker. She also appears regularly in newspapers and the media.
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