Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations : The Great Courses: Business & Economics

  • by The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
  • Narrated by Professor Michael A. Roberto
  • Series: The Great Courses: Business & Economics
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Discover an essential handbook for strategies, concepts, and insights into the dynamics of transformational leadership in these 24 lectures, which take you on an in-depth examination of the leadership behaviors and capabilities essential to creating positive change in teams and organizations. Filled with case studies and lessons from leaders in business, politics, sports, and the military, as well as a range of specific skills and strategies you can put to use in your own career, this lecture series is an authoritative guide to successful leadership.
You'll learn why, unlike management, which focuses on achieving consistent and reliable results, transformational leadership focuses on producing change - sometimes very substantial or even radical change. After an introductory lecture on the definitions of effective, transformational leadership, you dive right into the nuts and bolts of this important professional skill. In order to make the subject well organized and easily accessible, Professor Roberto has arranged Transformational Leadership into four key modules, each of which offers a focused look at a particular aspect of leadership: models of leadership (which surveys critical issues such as human behavior and long-term goals); the change process (which focuses on resistance to change as well as ways to institutionalize it); critical skills and capabilities (including motivation, persuasion, negotiation, and teamwork); and creativity, innovation and learning (which is devoted to everything from after-action reviews to systems thinking to mentoring).
Taken together, Professor Roberto's lectures are a stirring call to responsible leadership and a learning experience that's as informative as it is inspiring.


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An outstanding survey of leadership theory!

Would you consider the audio edition of Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations to be better than the print version?

"Transformational Leadership" merits another 5 Star review for The Great Courses. After listening to Professor Roberto's other great course on The Art of Critical Decision Making, I couldn't wait to listen to this one.

It did not disappoint. Professor Roberto is extremely easy to listen to, mixing stories and examples from well-known companies and executives with the very latest research and management theories. He is a management guru on top of his game.

The course is a survey course. Professor Roberto takes on transformational leadership as a theme, but in doing so covers a wide range of management tools and theories that any executive might bring to bear in trying to lead transformation.

Accordingly, no single topic gets more than a 1/2 hour's worth of attention, making it the audio equivalent of a page-turner. Among other things, Roberto covers leadership traits and styles, change management, motivation and reward systems, tools of influence and negotiation, team building, creativity, innovation, and much, much more. It's an easy listen, but a dense course, in the best sense of the word.

Which scene was your favorite?

The lectures on creativity and innovation hit home. And I was surprised to learn about recent research showing that creative people are the most likely to be dishonest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! But that would be impossible, as it's the full length of a college course.

Any additional comments?

If you are a manager looking for a little inspiration, you'll find it time and again in this course. If you are looking to study the topic in depth, this is one you'll listen to multiple times. In addition, the course is chock full of references to other great management books.

Highly recommended.

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- Quaker

A lot of great material, all in one place.

I read (and listen to) a lot of leadership material. I wasn't sure what to expect from "The Great Courses" but I was very pleasantly surprised. Since this is a lecture series, I had some reservations that the material may be too academic or presented in an overly dry manor, but it is not. The pace of narration and clarity of the speaker (Michael A. Roberto) are excellent. While this may seem pricey (if you are not buying with credits) I think there is more value here than you would expect. Even with a basic membership the cost is very reasonable. There is a lot of information covered and if you are keeping notes it will likely inspire you to read (or listen to) some followup books that are available on Audible as well.

Whether you are a practicing leader or just getting into this subject matter for the first time, I would highly recommend that you take a chance on this series.
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- Mr. Johnston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses