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Leadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Their Values, Feelings, and Intuition [Hardcover]

By John Townsend (Author)
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A human behavior expert reveals that what leaders know about "themselves" is more important than their leadership skills and job knowledge.

Who we are on the inside can determine leadership success more than what we do or what we know. In "Leadership Beyond Reason," Dr. Townsend explores the critical role of the leader's internal world, the world of passion, emotions, intuition, creativity, values, self-awareness, conscience, and spiritual life. Unveiling links between personal and organizational success or failure and the contents of a leader's "heart," the author shows that leaders excel not just through skill and smarts but by connecting with others using competencies, like curiosity, attention, reality assessment, distortion detecting, relationship building, ownership, and living with ambiguity. This is the leadership book only a world-respected psychologist could have written, and it is revolutionary in its insight.

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A human behavior expert reveals that what leaders know about themselves is more important than their leadership skills and job knowledge.

Who we are on the inside can determine leadership success more than what we do or what we know. In Leadership Beyond Reason, Dr. Townsend explores the critical role of the leader’s internal world, the world of passion, emotions, intuition, creativity, values, self-awareness, conscience, and spiritual life. Unveiling links between personal and organizational success or failure and the contents of a leader’s "heart," the author shows that leaders excel not just through skill and smarts but by connecting with others using  competencies, like curiosity, attention, reality assessment, distortion detecting, relationship building, ownership, and living with ambiguity. This is the leadership book only a world-respected psychologist could have written, and it is revolutionary in its insight.



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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785228772  
ISBN13  9780785228776  
UPC  020049059487  


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Dr. John Townsend is a leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. He has written twenty-seven books, selling 10 million copies, including the 3 million-selling Boundaries series. John is founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and conducts the Townsend Leadership program. He travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and working with leadership families. He and his wife Barbi have two sons, and live in Newport Beach, California. One of John's favorite hobbies is playing in a band that performs in Southern California lounges and venues.

John Townsend currently resides in Syracuse, in the state of New York.

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The Leader's Inner Voice  Oct 22, 2009
In the exploding field of books about leadership this volume is a welcome change of pace. So many of the volumes flooding our shelves these days are based on the premise that the author has found a new and superior approach to leadership that renders all the other books on the subject obsolete. That's not the case with "Leadership Beyond Reason." Dr. John Townsend, the author, presents his work as a supplement to existing leadership systems. His argument: is that research and data have their place in decision-making; but leaders must also be able to harness their feelings, spiritual values and intuition. In "Blink," Malcolm Gladwell demonstrated the accuracy of intuitive judgments; Townsend provides many real-world examples to show that the leader who truly wants to make a meaningful difference must learn to trust her or his own inner voice.--William C. Hall
 
Leadership Beyond Reason  Oct 7, 2009
The book reviews key areas including: Values, Thoughts, Emotions, Relationships, and Transformation. There is not much in the way of research though. the book merely glazes over these points. There is nothing ground-breaking in this book. I think a better way to develop leadership is by assessing Emotional Intelligence, and building skills from that starting point. As long as you can understand and communicate with all types of people, you can be an effective leader.
 
Where Leadership and your EQ Merge  Sep 20, 2009
John Townsend brings a unique combination to this subject as both a clinical psychologist, a coach for executives and organizations and an experienced author in related subjects. Based on that combination you would expect that he has some valuable things to say. Indeed, that is what this reviewer found to be the case.

Townsend uses a disciplined approach and explores the issues of Leadership and "following your gut" or intuition by looking at 5 different elements in a progressive manner.

As you would expect from a book from Thomas Nelson publishers and also in keeping with Townsend's previous works and reputation, this book comes from a decidedly Christian point of view. Although, to be fair, those elements are not overly emphasized. Most of the book can be understood and appreciated regardless of where the reader falls in terms of their personal beliefs. The values emphasized within this book are hardly uniquely Christian nor would they be disputable by most involved in some form of corporate environment.

In fact, the first section deals with values and the importance of having not just a set a values, but right values. Further, values that descend from conviction and not just adopted as an intellectual exercise.

From these values descend a person's thoughts. This is in fact the next progressive step. When right values are in place then a foundation is laid for right thinking. With right thinking in line with a value system, a sense of right and wrong develops that is independent of circumstances and outcomes and an internal intuition develops.

From values and right thinking will begin to build an emotional, intuitional sense of conscience and relationship that will become an integral part of knowing what to do in unusual and difficult situations. This is really where the meat of Townsend's guidance kicks in. It is from this sense of internal emotional, equilibrium that a leader can begin to sense and act on those "inner-voice" messages that adds to and builds upon the simply rational principles that leadership is usually reduced to by most cerebral leadership approaches.

Expanding further Townsend then builds upon these foundation to expand into relationship and the need for leadership to move beyond a distant application or rules, patterns and principles and to begin to develop real relationship with those within their scope of influence. It is within this realm of connectedness that true collaboration and connectedness arise and the synergy that can arise from healthy relationships build strong organizations which work with mutual respect.

A leader who understands and functions on these levels is then able to move to the higher plane of transformational leadership. The ability to be a part of forming a new organization of transforming an old one into something new, healthier and more effective.

Objectively looking at the tapestry that Townsend weaves, then what he has down is woven elements from cognative therapy (right feelings come from right thinking) and some cutting edge leadership theory in the realm of transformational leadership and he's done it at a level that most people can understand even if they aren't academicians in the field.

Add into this framework a well written series of stories and illustrations (many from Christian organizations as well as "secular" organizations and you have a good sense of what this book offers and how it can help those who delve it.

The only fault I'd offer is that at 177 pages, the book moves well and avoids the temptation to get too deep in matters, but that is also it's weakness. There is more that could have been said and perhaps even a little more depth that could have been offered.

4 Stars. Definitely a worthwhile read and hopefully something that will whet the appetite for more.

Bart Breen
 
A Great Tool to Leadership  Aug 27, 2009
Making the leap into a leadership role is not an easy one. For some it takesd years, others are born leaders. The author gives the readers the necessary kit for a move to successful leadership. It is not just a change in pay status but a shift in ones inner mechanism. It is a way of becoming a bigger and better person. Anyone new to the role of supervisor or manager should read this book. They will find it inspirational and instructional.
 
Great Title, Good Concepts, But not new  Jul 2, 2009
I like this book, but was disappointed with the basic nature of the material. Having read a number of books on leadership, I found myself agreeing with the concepts in this book, but not learning new things from it. In other words, we've heard this before. The unique thing about Leadership Beyond Reason from my perspective is that the author tends to present material with a balancing effect. It reminds me of someone walking a tight rope with a pole in their hands. They balance the pole by gently and quickly tipping it to the right or left to stay in balance. This author has some clever ways of balancing leadership skill by tipping to the emotional/relational side of things or back to the thought/logical side of things. He weaves these sides of leadership together well.

Leadership Beyond Reason has about 174 pages of material that is broken into 5 chapters. It has five chapters titled: Values, Thoughts, Emotions, Relationships, Transformation. Each chapter is about 26-28 pages.

I like the layout of this book, margins are good, key points set in highlighted areas, and some critical concepts marked off throughout the book. I was excited by the title and looked forward to learning how great leaders succeed by harnessing the power of their values, feelings and intuition as the subtitle says. But I am left feeling like it is just a basic book identifying these issues and talking about them some.

For example, Values are explained, presented as a needed item, and then he talks about grasping them and their importance. After covering this, we are left with a key thought, make a list of succinct values and be able to tell them to someone quickly. There are nuances in that, but in essence the Values chapter leads you to identify and have values in your life and be able to repeat them to others. My question is this: How is this new? Haven't we heard this from people like John Maxwell 15 years ago?

I would like to see the author give us some ground breaking stuff on leadership. Challenge me somehow. I didn't feel challenged. IF someone is unfamiliar with leadership books on the market this book gives basic concepts that are helpful.

So I can't give this book that high of a rating.

Another thing I would like to see this book offer us would be more links to research on leadership. He cites Goleman, Cloud, Depree, Buckingham and others on leadership. I don't think this book will do anywhere near as well as Boundaries has because of the things I've stated.
 

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