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Third Generation Leadership and the Locus of Control
Knowledge, Change and Neuroscience

ISBN 9781138115798
Published May 22, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

There have been two critical leadership approaches. First Generation Leadership (command and control) was the dominant model until the 1940s. Second Generation Leadership (compliance coupled with rewards and punishments) is still dominant today. This approach is being rejected by 'Generation Y ', threatening the longevity of traditional organisations. In Third Generation Leadership and the Locus of Control, Douglas Long acknowledges the need for a leadership approach that elicits engagement, commitment, and enhanced personal, group, and organisational accountability. This is Third Generation Leadership. At its core lies the issue of where we centre our brain's locus of control and how this impacts on our understanding of and approach to leadership. With examples from everyday situations, underpinned by research, this book is about understanding and applying aspects of neuroscience critical for tomorrow's world. It provides a framework for addressing problems through insights into how the way we use our brains affects values, worldviews and behaviours. The author introduces the concept of 'red zone - blue zone' to explain the differences between a brain controlled by its stem-limbic areas (red zone) and the limbic-cortical cortex areas (blue zone). This becomes a short hand for describing and applying knowledge from neuroscience to encourage practitioners in leadership and management roles to achieve desired outcomes through becoming acquainted with different areas of their brain. Anyone grappling with what is required to deal with Generation Y people in a networked and mobile age will welcome this introduction to the world of third generation leadership.

Table of Contents

Contents: Prologue; Introduction; Part 1 Understand the Past: The background to third generation leadership; Leadership in context; Understanding first generation leadership; Understanding second generation leadership. Part 2 Live in the Present: Third generation leadership (3G leaders); The brain's areas of control; Values and world views; Developing 3G leaders and third generation leadership; Communication - the key to third generation leadership; Third generation leadership structures; Third generation leadership and accountability. Part 3 Create the Future: Self-confident people - the effect of third generation leadership; Dealing with the recalcitrant!; Third generation leadership families; Third generation leadership in the workplace; A third generation leadership world; Facilitating the shift to a third generation leadership world; Epilogue; Appendices; Index.

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Douglas Long’s PhD is in organisational psychology. He has taught at universities in Australia and the USA, including what is now part of Monash University and the RMIT Graduate College of Management in Australia, and Drexel University in the US. He researched, designed, and delivered the Leadership in Senior Management Programme at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney and has conducted executive leadership programmes at the Australian Graduate School of Management. He now supervises doctoral candidates at Southern Cross University Graduate College of Management. As an active consultant specialising in leadership and change with public and private sector clients throughout Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia, he has facilitated major change in large organisations. He has been a keynote speaker at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, The Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Brazil, and the USA.


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