ISBN 9788178092362,Geeks & Geezers

Geeks & Geezers



Magna Publishing

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9788178092362

ISBN-10 8178092360


Number of Pages 215 Pages
Language (English)

Academic And Professional

Our youngest leaders matured in the glow of computer screens;our oldest in the shadow of the Depression and World War II. In a groundbreakingstudy of these two disparate groups - affectionately labeled "geeks"and "geezers"- leadership experts Warren G. Bennis and Robert J.Thomas set out to find how eraand values shape those who lead. Geeks And Geezers will forever changehow we view leadership, but also how we reflect on our own formativeexperiences. Illustrated by compelling interviews with extraordinary individualsunder thirty five and over seventy years of age, the authors present a new modelthat predicts who is likely to become and remain a leader- and explains whyothers fail to rise to the challenge. At its heart are what the authors call"crucibles" - utterly transformational experiences from which one canemerge either hopelessly broken or powerfully emboldened to learn and to lead. Beyond their remarkable capacityto embrace and learn from their crucibles, say the authors, true leaders of anyage share other critical qualities: adaptive capacity, the ability to engageother through shared meaning, voice, integrity and "neoteny"- ayouthful curiosity and zest for knowledge. Identifying the forces that enableanyone to learn and lead for a lifetime, this book is essential reading forgeeks, geezers, and everyone in between.

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