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Leadership Set #3: Leading the Leaders (e-Book)


Leading the Leaders:  How to Enrich Your Style of Management and Handle People Whose Style Is Different from Yours, 2004

ISBN 0-937120-04-9, Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book

Why this book?

The third title in the series of 3 books in the Leadership Series Leading the Leaders:  How to Enrich Your Style of Management and Handle People Whose Style Is Different from Yours In this book, is meant to help you compensate for your own flaws and weaknesses, once you have discovered what your basic

management style is; and also to help you handle other managers – your subordinates, peers, and those you report to – whose styles are different from yours.

The Basic Premise

This book summarizes for the reader the Doctor’s insights based on many years of work in the field of organizational transformation (“consulting”). Since his work as an organizational transformationist and lecturer frequently takes him around the globe, he has been able to compare notes and share his observations with executives around the world

Leading the Leaders is not a survey of the literature, although Dr. Adizes does include some references to illustrate that experiences are not unique to him. Rather, these prescriptions are notes from the battleground, based on his experiences in coaching executives around the world. These are presented as steps. For example:

The first step is to understand that the different styles speak different “languages” – in other words, they infer different meanings from different communication cues in word and in gesture. Conflict between the different styles is unavoidable; but by learning to speak the “language” of the people we are working with, we can build a complementary team and nourish it, thus preventing that conflict from becoming destructive.

Concepts are reinforced, such as paying attention to how behavior affects others. If you know your style, then you also know that your style of communicating is apt to be problematic for the other styles. If you know in what ways it is problematic, then you can compensate.

And here is where we come to the premise of this book: How to compensate for your style so you can work with others; and how to coach others so that they can work with each other.

Style of Presentation

It is written in the form of “prescriptions” to follow – different prescriptions for each style. It is also directed to the emerging profession of corporate coaches, as it provides additional tools for coaching executives.


This book will teach you to assess and improve your management style and the management styles of your colleagues or subordinates and to understand how to form a complementary team of leaders.

To get the full benefit from this book – particularly if you are still convinced that you can do the job all by yourself and don’t need people who complement you – please read the first two books in the Leadership Set before you start reading this one..

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