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The Character of Leadership
John Wiley & Sons
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224 pp.
Theologie, Esoterie & Filosofie
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The Character of Leadership

Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations

"We are beholden to Machivel, and writers of that kind, who openly and unmasked declare what [people] do in fact, and not what they ought to do; for it is impossible to join the wisdom of the serpent and the innocence of the dove, without a previous knowledge of the nature of evil; as without this, virtue lies exposed and unguarded."?Sir Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning (1605)What does political savvy have to do with running a nonprofit organization? According to the authors of this practical and empowering guide, it s essential to success. But can political know how and altruistic values comfortably coexist in a nonprofit leader? According to Michael and Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins, the most effective leaders are those who combine the expertise of their discipline and their deeply held values with political skills, enabling their expertise and values to flourish in real world conditions. The Character of Leadership is a compelling tutorial in the use of pragmatic and principled politics that will help individuals become better leaders.Drawing from the experiences of leaders in a variety of nonprofit organizations, this book gives readers a viable approach to rethinking the practice of leadership. This book helps them examine their current practice and the organizations they serve, reflect on their character as leaders, and gain political skills for value rich leadership.While most nonprofit leaders have a clear sense of their ultimate goals, they tAnd to be idealistic about their Andeavors, viewing politics skeptically?even disdainfully. Much of what they learn in professional schools and their own highest ideals may actually work against their effective leadership. This much needed guide offers a practical, principled approach to the politics of leadership.As their model, the authors use one of the smartest political observers of all time?Niccolo Machiavelli. While the dictionary uses his name to define cutthroat politics, many contemporary

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