Leading at the Speed of Light

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2006-11-30
Publisher(s): Potomac Books Inc
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Summary

As the world moves into the Information Age, globalization continues to alter the customary relationships among peoples, societies, and nations that evolved during the Industrial Age. Author Daniel Gerstein, however, maintains the United States still follows an Industrial Age framework for national security. Despite such recent changes as creating the Department of Homeland Security and the post of a director for national intelligence, the current U.S. national security strategy remains based on the National Security Act of 1947. To advance the U.S. response to the particular demands of the Information Age, Gerstein proposes nothing short of overhauling our nation's security strategy and, more important, complementary changes to the U.S. approach to strategic leadership. Beginning with the foundations of leadership, Gerstein addresses four key abilities that the twenty-first-century leader must master for the Information Age: (1) to develop and communicate a vision, (2) to incorporate new tools for analysis and for enhancing the leader's judgment or reasoning skills, (3) to gain greater perspective in developing national strategies, and (4) to promote the three I's'ā€¯imagination, innovation, and initiative. While theories and accepted methods of leadership remain relevant, they must be augmented with new and improved concepts. The fundamental premise of Leading at the Speed of Lightis that leadership skills will require changes and enhancements to ensure that leaders are capable of performing in a data- and information-rich environment that is often uncertain and challenging.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xix
Strategy and Leadership
1(10)
Lists of Lists
11(26)
What the Experts Say
11(7)
And the Practitioners
18(16)
An Equation for Leadership
34(3)
Globalization and the Information Age
37(36)
Describing the New National Security Environment
37(9)
A Different Way of Thinking
46(5)
Network-Centric Operations
51(6)
A New Way to Lead
57(3)
The Geometry of Leadership
60(2)
The Moral-Ethical Dimension
62(2)
Leaders as Learning Organisms
64(2)
The Information Age National Security Leader
66(7)
Leading in the Information Age
73(62)
Vision and Communication
74(17)
Analysis and Judgment
91(18)
Perspective
109(4)
Imagination, Innovation, and Initiative
113(7)
Next Generation Information Age Leader
120(9)
Identifying and Developing the Next Generation Information Age Leader
129(6)
Three Big Ideas for U.S. National Leadership in the Information Age
135(26)
A New National Security for the Information Age
136(9)
Establishing a System of National Service
145(4)
Committing to a Greater National Investment in the Promotion of the International Benefits of Globalization
149(12)
Conclusions
161(8)
Notes 169(10)
Index 179(6)
About the Author 185

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