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Effective Leadership
Strategies for Maximizing Executive Productivity and Health

ISBN 9780415763400
Published December 1, 2014 by Routledge

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Book Description

This book will interest clinicians who have wondered what professional practice would be like in the corporate setting and want to learn more about the psychological and organizational dynamics that 'drive' executive behavior. Based on the premise that leadership effectiveness is a function of both leader productivity and health, this book reviews the latest information and research data and offers case studies to illustrate specific strategies for maximizing executive health. Len Sperry has been consulting to executives and organizations for 30 years and has written numerous articles and several books on executives and workplace dynamics.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Effective Executive Leader
1. Profiles of Leadership Effectiveness
Three Basic Premises About Leadership Effectiveness
The Nature of Executive Leadership
The Value-Added Benefits of Executive Leadership
Patterns of Leadership Effectiveness
Concluding Note

2. Leadership Models and Research
Contributions From Leadership Models and Theories
Contributions From Qualitative Research
Contributions From Quantitative Research
Competentcies of Effective Executive Leadership
The Need for an Integrative Model of Executive Leadership
An Integrative Model of Leadership Effectiveness
Concluding Note

3. Leadership Skills and Competencies
Skills, Knowledge, Talents, and Competencies
Leadership Skills
Leadership Talents
Leadership Competencies
Leadership Competencies in the Leader Profiles
Concluding Note

4. Personality and Leadership Styles
Character and Leadership
Personality Styles of Executives
Executive Personality Styles by Level of Function
Leadership Styles of Executives
Concluding Note

5. The Context of Leadershp
Contextual Components Impacting the Executive
Organizational Dynamics: Organizational Subsystems
Organizational Dynamics: Developmental Stages
Highly Effective Organizations
Concluding Note

Part II: Strategies for Maximizing Productivity and Health
6. Assessment Strategies
Executive Profiling
Assessing Leadership Skills and Competencies
Leader Styles Assessment
Assessing Situation: Organizational and Family Dynamics
Assessing Synchronism or "Fit"
Pre-Intervention Strategy
Executive Profiling: A Case Report
Concluding Note

7. Intervention Strategies
Organizational Consultation
Leadership Development
Executive Policy Advisement
Executive Consultation
Executive Coaching
Executive Counseling
Executive Health Promotion
Concluding Note

8. Executive Coaching Strategies
Viewpoints and Definitions of Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching, Consultation, and Counseling
Economic Benefits of Executive Coaching
The Practice of Coaching
Three Basic Types of Executive Coaching
Concluding Note

9. Executive Counseling Strategies
Executive Counseling, as Distinct from Consultation and Coaching
Executive Counseling with Dual-Career Couples
Work-Focused Psychotherapy
Concluding Note

10. Executive Consultation Strategies
Executive Consultation as Distinct from Coaching and Counseling
Types of Executive Consultation
Evaluation in Executive Consultation
Personal Advisement in Executive Consultation
Concluding Note

11. Executive Health Strategies
The Impact of Executive Health on Corporations
Health Issues of Executive Women
A Model of Executive Health
Positive Psychology and Executive Health
Consulting on Executive Health Noncerns
Concluding Note

Appendix A: Leadership Skills and Competencies
Appendix B: Personality Styles in Executives by Level of Functioning

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Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., has served as a senior executive and has consulted with executives throughout the U.S. and abroad for over thirty years. He has designed and implemented leadership development programs for several corporations and has taught and directed a graduate program in health leadership. Among his publications are over one hundred articles and chapters on executives and workplace dynamics and four books on working with executives and organizations.


"Dr. Sperry is a leader in the use of character assessment in the executive selection process. Overall, I think that Effective Leadership is a winner! An especially attractive aspect of Effective Leadership is the focus on female executives and executive character." -- Paul Lloyd, Ph.D., President, Lloyd & Associates, and Past President of the APA Society of Consulting Psychology
"It is an interesting and intriguing book to read... This author knows his subject and loves it! This is more than just another book on executive coaching; it acknowledges and integrated other practices of promoting and enhancing executive health and performance." -- Maureen E. White, Assistant Director, University of San Francisco, Sacramento Regional Campus