Leading at the Speed of Light

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Pub. Date: 2006-11-30
Publisher(s): Potomac Books Inc
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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
CHAPTER 1 Strategy and Leadership 1(10)
CHAPTER 2 Lists of Lists 11(26)
What the Experts Say
And the Practitioners
An Equation for Leadership
CHAPTER 3 Globalization and the Information Age 37(36)
Describing the New National Security Environment
A Different Way of Thinking
Network-Centric Operations
A New Way to Lead
The Geometry of Leadership
The Moral-Ethical Dimension
Leaders as Learning Organisms
The Information Age National Security Leader
CHAPTER 4 Leading in the Information Age 73(62)
Vision and Communication
Analysis and Judgment
Imagination, Innovation, and Initiative
Next Generation Information Age Leader
Identifying and Developing the Next Generation Information Age Leader
CHAPTER 5 Three Big Ideas for U.S. National Leadership in the Information Age 135(26)
A New National Security for the Information Age
Establishing a System of National Service
Committing to a Greater National Investment in the Promotion of the International Benefits of Globalization
CHAPTER 6 Conclusions 161(8)
Notes 169(10)
Index 179(6)
About the Author 185

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