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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Just over three stars

I would say if you are intuitive and pay attention to people, you won't find anything groundbreaking. It's all stuff that makes sense, and you may already do much of it naturally. However, the lectures include a lot of research data to back up the speaker's info, so it's nice to know people have worked on studying leadership and put together a lot of useful data. If you're struggling with being a leader, or need a refresher, this is a great listen. You can listen at 2x speed and get through it comfortably in a day or so. One small note; if you're trying to get into a management position, or learn how to organize people better, this won't help immensely. This is focused more on big picture leadership with an emphasis on running a core team of people who are good at what they do, and have some interest in working together. If you're looking for basic management skills, you won't find much more than some ideas to tuck away for the future. This would be difficult to apply to scheduling high school kid's minimum wage job shifts, or trying to get a half-hearted group of volunteers focused on specific tasks.
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- Aaron Weber "dougscar56"

Great Leadership Overview - Theory & Application

It just so happens I am a grad student in a business leadership program in the midwest. Since we are off for the summer I was looking for something to help keep me from getting rusty, so I've been listening to this course while driving back and forth to work.

I prefer the half hour format per lecture (my drive is about that length). While not as in depth as the individual courses I've taken so far, as one would expect the perspective is slightly different from those presented by my professors and the case studies are different from the ones we discussed in class giving me the opportunity to digest the content in a more nuanced manner.

Definitely worth a listen!
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- sertsa "sertsa"

Book Details

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