The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead


Author: Rob-Jan de Jong
Pub Date: January 2015
Print Edition: $27.95
Print ISBN: 9780814449073
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814449080

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If you become a great leader in any field--from business, to politics, to computer science --the one adjective that will almost certainly describe your success is "visionary." But although just about everyone acknowledges that leaders need to have vision, few people know how to develop and nurture it.

This book will teach you how. You'll discover how to:

* spot new developments with strong disruptive potential

* avoid gross misjudgments caused by failure to see changes on the horizon and to realize how they will impact your business

* hone your skills for determining how onrushing changes fit into the big picture

* turn your insights into a compelling story that inspires your followers--and how to communicate it most powerfully

Most important, you'll learn how to apply your visionary skills to become a better leader, including ways you can inspire others to share, support, and grow your vision.

Today's great leaders will be remembered as people who became agents of profound and enriching change--interrupters rather than followers. Become one of those people and you might be the brains behind the next Ikea, or Apple. Your key to that opportunity could be in these pages.

Advance Praise for Anticipate

"We are short of leaders to attack today's and tomorrow's challenges and to create a better world for all. Anticipate hopefully unlocks the full potential for the many who aspire to be true leaders, but don't quite know how to get there. I certainly found it useful in my journey."--Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

"There aren't many business books that offer such a combination of focus and practical implementation as Anticipate does. For any CEO or business leader, Rob-Jan de Jong offers the #1 handbook to get the fundamentals in place. A great must-read!"--Philip Alberdingk Thijm, CEO of Sky Radio Group

"I'm not sure I've ever read anything as good on the process and practice of looking ahead."-- Dr. James P. Keen, professor emeritus at Antioch College and coauthor of Common Fire and Leadership Landscapes

"Anticipate is an extremely useful guide for developing the qualities of foresight and visioning that are essential for strategic leaders."-- Michael Maccoby author of Narcissistic Leaders, The Leaders We Need, and Strategic Intelligence

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