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Effective Leadership

Strategies for Maximizing Executive Productivity and Health, 1st Edition

By Len Sperry


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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.


"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

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


About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling