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1. If you could clone yourself and the clone would “do your job” – the management stuff that has to be done, such as answering e-mails, going to meetings, etc. – which would leave you free to do only leadership, how would you spend your time?

2. How can you block off time in your weekly schedule to spend a little time doing your answer to question 1?

3. When you close your eyes and imagine where your organization could go, is that described in the clear shared vision? If not, it’s time to craft one. If so, does everyone who works with you know what it is? How can you generate further progress toward realizing it?

4. To what extent are those with whom you work purely inspired – they genuinely believe in the cause and would work for free? How can you improve their motivation?

5. To what extent is the strategy to realize the shared vision clear? Do those with whom you work understand how their part contributes?

6. To what extent do you feel your organizational culture is supportive and leadership-friendly? What resources are available to facilitate and encourage innovation and experimentation (including the time you give to others)?



Below is a selection of solid, well-known books on leadership.

Good to Great is what they use at West Point (the U.S. Military Academy) and has a unique methodology and some surprising findings. The Rost book is an excellent discussion point-for-point of the elements of a definition, a structure I followed for my first master’s thesis and referenced in the Session 1 video. Though over 20 years old, the first Heifetz book still has a widespread influence. JLBC Cadets The Pfeffer book needs to be read with a grain of salt. He is intentionally controversial, but he must not take all his points at face value.

• Collins, Good to Great

• Greenleaf, Servant Leadership

• Heifetz, Leadership without Easy Answers

• Heifetz and Linsky, Leadership on the Line

• Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

• Komives and Wagner, Leadership for a Better World

• Kostenbaum, Leadership, the Inner Side of Greatness

• Northouse, Leadership (4th ed.)

• Pfeffer, Leadership BS

• Rost, Leadership for the Twenty-First Century

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