Leadership and the New Science

  • by Margaret J. Wheatley
  • Narrated by Margaret J. Wheatley
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Recent discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology have transformed the way we think of the "orderly universe." But did you know that the "New Science" can also be applied to the way we organize work, people, and our lives? Author Margaret J. Wheatley shows us how our new understanding of science and the meaning of life can lead to a powerful new view of the business world. Wheatley believes that, just as our world has become nonlinear and filled with constant transition, we must change many of our outmoded management methods. Her book examines conflicts between order and chaos, autonomy and control, structure and flexibility, and planning and innovation, inviting us to transform our way of thinking and adapt ourselves - and our companies - to the 21st century.

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What the Critics Say

"Margaret Wheatley pushes our thinking about people and organizations to a new dimension." (Kenneth H. Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager)

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Outstanding Insight

As CEO, I gained great insight how and why new management styles such as Participative Management or Total Quality Management are more efficient than the conventional "Command and Control" style. I was able to follow through and change my company over to Total Quality Management. The results were awesome. Elated customers, happier workers, higher profits and vastly improved profit sharing results.
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- Will

Only because it was required

What disappointed you about Leadership and the New Science?

The author argues that leadership must adjust as society, culture, and technology changes. The old leadership styles (vaguely defined as not current stuff) relied on the culture and society to define how to lead. New technology, culture, and society requires that leadership be based on those difference.

I think the author missed the mark on defining "leadership" and how the "new science" changes leadership or requires change to leadership. Leadership isn't stagnant, nor is it simply a followed formula employable by everyone. Leadership has different styles and methods which can be applied independently or jointly, and dependent on the audience.

The author's analysis does not offer a better understanding of the subject.

The Commandant of Marine Corps should remove this from his reading list.


Has Leadership and the New Science turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it hasn't. I've read and listened to other books analyzing leadership. This one is not worth the time or money.


What didn’t you like about Margaret J. Wheatley’s performance?

Ms. Wheatley does not have a voice for audiobooks. For me, the performance sounded like a scripted lecture with little room for emotion or engagement.


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- Izac Ossiander

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books