The Leadership Agility book

Richly illustrated with stories and written in an engaging, down-to-earth style, this book is designed as a roadmap that shows you how to bring increased agility to the initiatives you take every day — whether you want to improve working relationships, develop your team, or change your organization. Reading this book will confirm your best instincts and introduce you to new forms of leadership practiced by only a small vanguard of highly agile leaders.

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"Leadership Agility is a unique and extraordinarily important contribution to our understanding of what it takes to lead in a world of rapid change and increasing complexity. They show us with vivid real-life examples how leaders grow, that this growth is essential to achieving higher levels of success, and that agility is the new master skill of leadership. I highly recommend this book." 

— Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge 

"Great coaching on how to develop leadership agility! Probably the most important competency for leaders to have in today’s rapidly changing world." 

— Marshall Goldsmith, author, Coaching for Leadership 

"In an era of turmoil and complexity, Leadership Agility is a breakthrough in thinking about leadership competencies. Joiner and Josephs have achieved a creative synthesis of best practices in strategic thinking, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, and action learning. Profusely illustrated with clear examples from real-life leaders, this groundbreaking book will be welcomed by both the line leader and the leadership development professional." 

— David Giber, Senior Vice-President, consulting and leadership development,
Linkage, Inc. 

"As executives operating in an often chaotic business environment, we know instinctively that our company’s ability to zig and zag is critical. Leadership Agility takes that instinctive understanding and defines it, measures it, and shows us how to develop it in ourselves and others. This is a timely, thought-provoking, and very important book on leadership." 

— Betsy Bernard, former President, AT&T 


"I have read Leadership Agility very thoroughly over the past months, and I must say I am still awed by the richness and new insight offered by the authors. This is a most significant contribution not only to our understanding of leadership, but also to the theoretical understanding of adult development in general. The book is very useful not only for leaders, but perhaps in particular for coaches, organizational consultants and change agents. However, it is a veritable goldmine for people like me, who are interested in developing a keener and more differentiated understanding of what adult development really is." 

— Thomas Jordan, Associate Professor, Gothenberg University (Stockholm) 

"Using the Leadership Agility framework has been the most significant extension of my coaching practice in many years. It has proven very accessible for my clients, as it opens the mind and generates curiosity for ways of leading they could not see previously." 

— Hermann Keuster, Senior leadership coach and coach trainer, Die Coachinggeshlschaft (Germany) 

"I've been an Agile coach and trainer since 2005. Working on Agile transformations, I've found the biggest impediment has to do with leadership. In my quest to develop truly agile leaders, I've studied many leadership approaches. I've found that the Leadership Agility model developed by ChangeWise provides a simplicity, clarity, and pragmatic impact matched by no other."

— Pete Behrens, Founder, Trail Ridge Consulting

"Many books on management development can (in my opinion) often be distilled into a 1-2 page synopsis as the concepts are just that simple. However, I cannot say that about Leadership Agility as nearly every page has many nuggets of practical wisdom. It is worth reading the whole thing. What I especially appreciate is the naming of both Awareness and Intent as a progressive unfolding skill in the agile leader. At each level of development, the person in consideration is able to increasingly step back and take a broader perspective on both themselves and the context-situation-world they operate in. … The objectives that previously satisfied them (increasing bottom-line results, increasing market-share, professional progress, etc.) are supportive (i.e., adequate but not totally sufficient) of deeper objectives of serving the development of people and the improvement of the environment both inside and outside the organization. … I highly recommend Leadership Agility to those in leadership roles, consultants, coaches, and anyone else who supports others in a leadership capacity. I know it will be a core part of my library going forward as it has changed my own thinking as a consultant and coach of executives and line managers." 

— Tracy Puett, Director of Learning and Development, Yavapai Regional Medical Center 

"I am a voracious reader of leadership books, and this is my favorite new title. What makes Leadership Agility so valuable is its clarity and insight in describing the different stages leaders move through as they grow in their leadership. I found myself having lots of “Aha” moments, as it helped me understand the various leaders I’d helped and why some things worked while others didn’t. … I felt the greatest contribution was the articulation of how leaders develop both from the inside-out and the outside-in. Most books approach leadership development as either mastering a set of critical skills and behaviors (outside-in) or becoming a more authentic, self-aware, or emotionally intelligent leader (inside-out). But I felt this book wonderfully addressed both sides of the equation. Upon completing the book, I saw immediate applications to coaching, consulting, and training leaders." 

— David Chow, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Specialist 

"What distinguishes Leadership Agility is a thorough examination of the supportive capacities that underlie maturing leadership skills at the various stages of development. Through a variety of case studies and other examples, the authors are able to demonstrate the way these supportive capacities develop and mature as a leader moves from one stage to the next. Leadership Agility is an actionable framework, immediately applicable to coaching and team development work. Readers of Ken Wilber will also find Leadership Agility to be a relevant contribution to the emerging dialogue about integral leadership. 

— Matt Brubaker, CEO, FMG Leading 

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