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Leading People From the Middle: The Universal Mission of Heart and Mind

William P. Robinson

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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
ISBN: 9781930771253
Publisher: Executive Excellence Publishing
Pub. Date: August 2002

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With the opening lamentation of "not another book on leadership" William Robinson takes the reader on a voyage through history and discovery as he deftly weaves a new perspective on leadership. Traveling through past theories and beliefs on leadership, the reader is guided through the dense foliage of the leadership jungle. By identifying leadership styles and traits, and by examining past studies, Bill helps the reader to identify and examine their own leadership—and then develop a more effective leadership profile.

What will be required of leaders today? Bill identifies and explains six qualities of today's successful leaders:
  • Paradoxical
  • Secure
  • Communicative
  • Inspiring
  • Virtuous
  • Driven and Rhythmic


Bill Robinson alerts us to the serious changes taking place in the leader's job and raises the crucial question of the relationship of organizations and society. Good stuff!"
—Max DePree, author of Leadership is An Art

About the Author

William Robinson became the 17th president of Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington in July 1993. Before arriving at Whitworth, Bill had served as the president of Manchester College, in Indiana, for seven years. Whitworth students have become accustomed to seeing Bill eating in the dining hall, cheering at sporting events, enjoying plays and concerts on campus, visiting dorm lounges, playing "hoops," or just conversing with them. Bill typifies his involvement by saying, "My richest moments at Whitworth are the ones I share with students, My calling is to work with and for them.

Table of Contents
Section 1  21st Century Leadership23
121st Century Trends27
2Paradoxical Leadership35
3Secure Leadership51
4Inspiring Leadership59
5Communicative Leadership65
6Virtuous Leadership77
7Driven and Rhythmic Leadership85
Section 2Trait-Based Leadership85
8Traits Related to Effort99
9Traits Related to Personality115
Section 3Style-Based Leadership133
10Authoritarian Leadership139
11Democratic Leadership149
12Task-Oriented Leadership161
13Relationship-Oriented Leadership167
14Leadership Style Interactions173
15Situational Leadership179
Section 4Transformational Leadership193
16Transformational Leadership195
17Follower-Driven Leadership207
Section 5Changing Our Behavior213
18The Theory of Change215
19Six Steps to Successful Change227

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