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This book emphasizes that leadership is a task, one that has left evolutionary – and thereby enduring – traces in us. From this perspective the author develops the key elements of successful leadership. The reader is taken on an exciting journey through time and is granted a clear overview of the topic. Clear recommendations are given for application into practice, leadership diagnostics and development. The book gives numerous examples and is a valuable basis to support everyday hands-on leadership.

„Without question a fascinating reading. Alznauer provides an unusual approach, which promotes exciting ideas on the topic of leadership. Content: Excellent.“ (Book of the week Hamburger Abendblatt) „The book allows unusual approaches to the topic of leadership. It is an exciting reading both for leaders and their staff.“ (Controller News) „All in all Alznauer provides an interesting contribution to demystify the notion of leadership.“(Swiss magazine Cash) „The book provides an unusual amount of suggestions and a valuable basis for constructive leadership work. “ (Niedersächsische Rundschau) „Michael Alznauer turns the core of successful leadership upside down. His theories could trigger a revolution in the executive suites.“ (Magazine Nobilis).

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Frontmatter

Leading Naturally

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1. The Birth of Leadership

Abstract
Can you imagine what the small community living for numerous generations some 350,000 years ago, accommodating three outbuildings, a “workshop” area and a “butchers shop”, hunted and consumed more than 1,000 animals, did without leadership or management? In my opinion, this question is entirely rhetorical.
Michael Alznauer

2. Leadership’s Path into the Presence

Abstract
Our preceding deliberations lead to the hypothesis that we have an “archetype of leadership” in us, which requires no methodical installation and can also not be overridden. However, it has, evidently, developed itself further. It was culturally embedded and has taken on various shades of different colours through the varying lights of history that have shined on it.
Michael Alznauer

Die Essence of Leadership

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3. The Purpose of Leadership Is Conclusive

Abstract
Our previous thoughts can leave us to assume why leadership, on the one hand, cannot easily be tied to specific behaviours or characteristics and, on the other hand, be subject to certain rules and conventions. Thus, a paradox is solved, which we faced at the beginning of our journey: some people are more successful leaders than others, but they cannot be described on the basis of their personality or their behaviour.
Michael Alznauer

4. Approaching the Task with Professionalism

Abstract
I have just gone quite far out on the limb, promising you that you will be a successful leader, if only you consider the recommendations put forward in this chapter. And at the same time I claimed, somewhat provokingly, that to “creatively” deviate from these aspects substantially would clearly jeopardise your leadership position.
Michael Alznauer

5. The Art of Natural Leadership

Abstract
Professionalism can be considered the overlying quality of contributions made to a community. Its basic principles were well defined long before we differentiated between work and wages. This brings us to the seven core tasks of leadership, as defined by the evolutionary process. Let’s dig a little deeper into the phenomena.
Michael Alznauer

6. Considering the Particularities of the Individual Situation

Abstract
In this chapter, we embark into a territory that is amazingly unexplored. During the 1st Open-Source Management conference, the idea was initially raised that more light needs to be shed onto this topic. Let me tell you what actually happened and where we stand today.
Michael Alznauer

Personality and Leadership

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7. Leadership Personality: Myth or Reality?

Abstract
As of today, the majority of leading management experts have so far not even been able to scientifically verify the correlation between leadership behaviour and corporate success: What are we actually looking for when it is the personality of a “successful leader” that we are focusing on?
Michael Alznauer

8. Growing into the Leadership Task

Abstract
I would not just say that there is a map for the track to effective leadership. I’ll even sketch it out, to help you make your own adventures into leadership somewhat easier. How do you improve after having been assigned your first leadership position? What needs to be done to develop into a leadership specialist or perhaps even advance to mastery in this field of activity? I’ll be telling you about exactly that in this chapter.
Michael Alznauer

The Future of Leadership

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9. Leadership Beyond the Enterprise

Abstract
I am convinced that the evolutionary approach currently constitutes the most solid foundation to expand our knowledge and skills around the phenomenon of leadership. Furthermore, examples given underline the potential that, in particular, the 7th key task (“Attraction: supporting the group into a prosperous future”) has for our further development. Our society and the future of leadership continue to go hand in hand!
Michael Alznauer

10. Competing Models of Success

Abstract
Our basic model of success has been verified for a long time: collaboration is the starting point of our existence and has quintessentially been tried and tested until today! However, we do not seem to have found a systematic way to take control of our progress in its entirety. In some areas of life (e.g. competitive sports, medicine, engineering), we act very professionally and were able to forge ahead with impressive advancements.
Michael Alznauer

Backmatter

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