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Exceptional Leadership by Design

How Design in Great Organizations Produces Great Leadership
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Imagine a world with great leadership. What would that world be like? Would it be a better world or a worse one? Now ratchet great leadership up to exceptional leadership and suddenly we have cause for optimism. But how do we design exceptional leadership, and would we even know it if we saw it? Traditional paradigms of leadership have celebrated decisive top-down control and analytical decision-making. But times are changing. The world is more connected, complex, fluid and interdependent. 

This book debunks the myth that leaders need to be creative like designers to apply Design Thinking. Applying design approaches and practices to organizational leadership is not just about its leaders becoming more creative. It is definitely not about the person at the top coming up with the grand answer. Design thinking starts with the 'pain point' related to the problem you are trying to solve. You get to the heart of the issue. It is a collaborative effort that neatly leads stakeholders and representatives affected by the problem to design novel leadership solutions that actually work. 

This collection of stories, examples and narratives about exceptional leadership by design provides readers of all levels of experience with tangible, real, and heartfelt examples of how the design process can be applied to leadership. It will show how we:  

Inform great
leadership with design
Strengthen our own
leadership by design
Redesign hero
leadership for more inclusivity
organizations for Fe+Male leadership synergy
Design leadership
for a VUCA world
Design flow-based
organizations that build resilient leadership
Design leadership
for innovation
Design culturally
intelligent leadership
Build leadership
into our spaces and places