Leadership Addiction

A few days ago, in my first post on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, I noted that one of the strengths of the book was that it didn’t major on offering new ideas.

One of my weaknesses is that I seldom read only one book at a time. A short attention span, you know. One of the other books I’m reading right now is Edwin Friedman’s A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. There’s a bunch of good stuff here, but at this point I thought I’d share a comment in line with my earlier comment on Schnase’s book. Friedman says,

The pursuit of data in almost any field, has come to resemble a form of substance abuse, accompanied by all the usual problems of addiction: self-doubt, denial, temptation, relapse, and withdrawal. Leadership training programs thus wind up in the codependent position of enablers, with publishers often in the role of “suppliers.” What does it take to get parents, healers, [pastors] and managers, when they hear of the latest quick-fix fad that has just been published, to “just say no?”

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3 Responses to Leadership Addiction

  1. gmw says:

    On the quote: “ouch!” Is it ironic that I’m now interested in going out and buying this book?

  2. Rick says:

    Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix is a great book! Friedman did not get a chance to finish it, but it is still loaded with good insight. He makes several points that are in direct conflict with many of the popular leadership books out there today. I especially love what he has to say about empathy, information, and the power of emotion in organizational life.

  3. joan says:

    What is it that we aren’t doing that we think the
    new, new, new and all the teaching/learning will
    do? I do remember someone noting that Jesus said,
    “…teaching them to obey…” NOT “…teaching them
    the commandments” and NOT “…teaching them how to obey …”(end of Matthew) Hello to all

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