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Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership
A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement

ISBN 9780367737849
Published December 18, 2020 by Productivity Press
384 Pages

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Book Description

Most leadership books focus on traditional leadership, which is based on managerial practices and command-and-control assumptions. Traditional leadership methods produce short-term gains but often at the cost of employee disengagement, team isolation, and distrust. Twenty-first century leadership methods produce short-term gains while inspiring creativity and innovation and boosting engagement.

Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement describes nine leadership practices that Gary DePaul derived by analyzing some of the best contemporary writers and thinkers on leadership. Explaining the nine practices, DePaul summarizes insightful leadership principles, beliefs, and practices, which includes tactics, tools, and resources that anyone at any career level can immediately begin using.

In addition, the book demystifies the leadership concept, helps you avoid harmful traditional leadership assumptions, provides a leadership development roadmap, and presents real-world examples of how individual contributors, managers, and executives, have applied each of the nine practices successfully.

After reading this book, you will be able to begin applying the nine proven leadership practices immediately in your organization. You will gain the skills needed to improve organizational strategies, diversity strategies, and leadership development training in your organization. You also will be able to improve how you manage and monitor your own professional leadership development.

Table of Contents

Section I: Demystifying 21st-Century Leadership. Section II: Using the Nine Practices of 21st-Century Leadership: Part 1: Foundational Practices: Improving Performance with Systemic Thinking. Section II: Using the Nine Practices of 21st-Century Leadership: Part 2: Supporting Change. Section II: Using the Nine Practices of 21st-Century Leadership: Part 3: Adding Value. Section III: Continuing to Grow.

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Gary A. DePaul is an author, speaker, and leadership consultant with Gary DePaul Consulting. With more than 20 years of practitioner and academic experiences in performance improvement, Gary helps elevate the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. His areas of practice include leadership development, organizational evaluation, speaking events, workshop facilitation, and executive coaching.

Gary has served executives and teams in both international and national organizations including Lowe’s Companies Inc., Ceridian Benefits Services, Fidelity National Information Services, Johnson Controls Inc., and Arthur Andersen LLP. He has held several formal roles including senior manager of training and knowledge management, senior instructional designer, performance improvement director, and workforce readiness manager.


"Gary DePaul’s comprehensive Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership makes sense of the vast sea of leadership books. Written with both managers and scholars in mind, DePaul’s study situates—and demystifies—the language of leadership in systems thinking. In 15 well-organized and lucidly written chapters, the author builds a series of metaphors to explain the practices of expert managers—analyzing, detecting, guiding, nurturing and more. This book will change your thinking about leadership."
—Edwin Battistella, Ph.D., Author of Sorry about That: The Language of Public Apology

"Gary has saved anyone with an interest in the topic of leadership a tremendous amount of legwork and created an incredible resource for leadership growth. The meta-analysis approach allows us to readily see patterns among leadership thought leaders and distills them into nine essential 21st century leadership practices. Most importantly, the rich assortment of examples, practices, and recommended actions provided are a tremendous asset to our development and growth as leaders. A note of caution: be prepared to see yourself and your own leadership assumptions and practices challenged (in a good way)."
—Rick Rummler, President of The Rummler Group; Co-author of White Space Revisited: Creating Value through Process

"In Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership, Gary DePaul weaves together and builds on some of the best current writers and thinkers on leadership. The nine practices – leadership in action – are challenging, but Dr. DePaul makes them eminently approachable. Trying even a few of the practices can strengthen your leadership qualities, capabilities, and behaviors. There is insight and practical advice for all levels of an organization, from individual contributors to the CEO."
—Don Kirkey, Ed.D., Director, Leadership Development, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

"Transitioning from traditional to 21st century l