Leadership Beyond Good Intentions

What it takes to really make a difference

Geoff Aigner
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How can we help change things for the better as a manager? Experienced leader and trainer Geoff Aigner shows how leaders can find compassionate ways of facilitating change in their organisations.

'Aigner connects the inner journey of leadership with the external realities in a readable, useful, practical guide for anyone leading change' - Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, co-authors, Leadership on the Line and co-founders, Cambridge Leadership Associates

'World-leading thinking on leadership' - Carl Harman, Academy Dean, Leadership and Talent, National Australia Bank

Good intentions are not enough. You want to change things in your organisation or in the world, but despite your best efforts you run into obstacles and resistance.

The temptation is to see the challenges as lying outside ourselves. We grasp at a model or a tool, or we find other people slow to get the point or worse - obstructive. But the real challenge we face is often ourselves.

Drawing on deep experience of developing leaders from a wide range of public sector, private sector, community and non-government organisations, Geoff Aigner identifies the inner tensions and work involved in making change. He challenges common assumptions we make about ourselves and our motivations, and offers strategies to explore approaches to leadership and develop effective and truly compassionate ways of pursuing change.

Author bio:

Geoff Aigner is a senior manager and teacher at Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society. He also teaches change and leadership in the MBA program at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Category: Business & Management
ISBN: 9781742373942
Table Of Contents: Foreword by Lama Ole Nydahl


Introduction and overview

Part 1: Understanding the system - the context of change

1. Leadership fantasies

2. Authority and freedom

3. Adaptation: the work of leadership

Part 2: Understanding ourselves - the inner work of leadership

4. Power and compassion

5. Wisdom not judgement

6. Neutrality and passion

Part 3: Beyond solo - working with others

7. Betrayal, trust and identity

8. Collaboration, incompetence and vulnerability

9. Joy, gratitude and inspiration

10. The teacher in hopelessness

11. Leadership and love

Further reading


Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: June 2011
Page Extent: 216
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Management: leadership & motivation