Book Review of “Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get Unstuck to Get Results” by Roger Schwarz
Most organizational theories now accept the proposition that learning is the only power and influence source for 21st Century leaders. Dr. Schwarz , in his latest book “Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get Unstuck to Get Results” , explores how learning interdependently creates a mutually shared power based on curiosity, informed choice, transparency, compassion, and accountability.
In his book, he shares his three decades of study regarding how leaders think and behave. His research paradigm divides leaders into two groups: Unilateral Control Leaders and Mutual Learning Leaders.
Unilateral Control Leaders use their experiences and existing knowledge to drive the thinking and behavior of others. They instill in followers a mindset much like their own. The result being, biased thinking consistently out of alignment with reality. The outcome of such thinking creates limited subpar performances, lack of innovation and creativity, and limited success.
However, Mutual Learning Leaders facilitate using the synergy of individual thinking to adapt to the group or their behavior and maximize potential for the common good. By doing so, mutual learning generates trusting relationships and higher levels of performance.
Once these opposing leadership approaches are analyzed Dr. Schwarz focused on providing guidance in how to be a Mutual Learning Leader and design and create smart teams. Throughout the book a reader will discover leadership development insights that can lead to significant organizational and personal change.
“Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get”
Unstuck to Get Results
Roger Schwarz 2013