The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead


The culmination of six years of research and development, The Work of Leaders presents a simple structure that neatly captures the complexity of contemporary leadership. The goal of this book is to make this wealth of leadership insight accessible to anyone who wants better results as a leader.

The work that leaders do—the work that really matters—is boiled down to three areas: crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. Vision, Alignment, and Execution are “magic words.” They strike a chord that turns the goal of leadership into tangible steps.

With passion and insight, the authors draw from the best-known leadership authorities, while leveraging their unparalleled access to data from thousands of leaders and followers and their connections to hundreds of organizational development consultants. Interwoven with humor and drawing from real-world scenarios, The Work of Leaders distills leadership best practices into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results.


Julie Straw oversees Inscape’s network of more than 1,800 trainers, coaches, and consultants and has guided development of this book from the reader’s perspective.

Mark Scullard, Ph.D., leads all aspects of research for Inscape and personally combed through all of the data—hundreds of thousands of item responses—that made this book possible.

Susie Kukkonen leads all product development efforts at Inscape and juggled the writing of this book with a full-tilt product development schedule.

Barry Davis oversees both marketing and product development for Inscape, and his passion for innovation means that he doesn’t understand the phrase, “But that’s how we’ve always done it.”

Hardcover/240 pages. April 2013, Wiley/Pfeiffer

ISBN: 978-1-118-63653-4



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