Transforming Your Leadership Culture:
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CCL fellows McGuire and Rhodes replace the common and popular myth that change in organizational culture is beyond the reach of mere mortals. They offer a practical guide for achieving feasible culture transformation by helping leaders see how leading the culture and managing the operations are two sides of the same coin. The book provides guidance and resources that helps leaders decide: (1) what change is feasible; (2) how to set practical incremental targets of change and development; and (3) what are the tools for navigating the turbulent waters of the change process.


John B. McGuire is a senior faculty member at the Colorado Springs campus of the Center for Creative Leadership, where he focuses on organization-wide change through leadership.

Gary B. Rhodes is a CCL adjunct and retired senior fellow. He is an executive consultant for Leading Edge Solutions, Inc., in San Diego, California.

About the Center for Creative Leadership Ranked among the world's top providers of executive education by BusinessWeek and the Financial Times, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research, and is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, with campuses in Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Diego, California; Brussels, Belgium; and Singapore.


Acknowledgments xi

The Authors xv

Introduction 1

Part One: You, Your Team, and Transformation

1 Transformation: Can It Be Done? 11

2 Organizational Culture: Beliefs That Drive Behavior 33

3 Bigger Minds: Developing from the Inside Out 53

4 Engagement and Leader Logics 79

5 Personal Readiness and Leading Transformation 103

6 Headroom: Standing Up for Change 129

7 Engaging Your Senior Team 153

Part Two: Leadership Culture and Organizational Transformation

8 The Culture Development Cycle 181

9 Reaching into the Culture 211

10 Strategies, Culture, and Readiness: The Pattern in Six Case Studies 235

11 Feasibility Maps and Changeability 255

Appendix A: A Very Brief History of Developmental Theory and Leadership Research 287

Appendix B: Roots of the Headroom Concept and Related Methods and Tools 290

Appendix C: Helpful Sources of Studies on Intelligence and Brain Research 294

Glossary 296

References 299

Index 303

About the Center for Creative Leadership 317


Praise for Transforming Your Leadership Culture

"If you are a leader who has been burned by the failure of traditional change management—remember that program that cost millions and didn't change a thing—this is the book for you. It provides a wholly new perspective for transforming leaders and your organization's culture simultaneously, and rapidly."
Michael Beer, chairman, TruePoint, and professor emeritus, Harvard Business School

"John McGuire and Gary Rhodes provided solid support as we transformed our company from a top-down, do-your-job-because-I-said-so culture to a collaborative learning community of leaders within a process-centered organization. I cannot imagine having done it without them."
Loyal Peterman, president and founder, Abrasive Technology, Inc.

"It is becoming more and more obvious that a developmental view of the human being is the core of any effective human change process. Transforming Your Leadership Culture is the latest book—and one of the best books—about how and why this is so, and how to implement it in your own business. Highly recommended!"
Ken Wilber, founder, Integral Institute, and author of The Integral Vision and Integral Psychology

"The path to creating a genuine leadership culture in organizations is perhaps the deepest mystery of organizing. McGuire and Rhodes have carefully documented the actual paths taken by some of the very few companies that have successfully transformed toward interdependence together. Transforming Your Leadership Culture maps the process into the heart of this mystery."
Bill Torbert, management professor emeritus, Boston College

"I had hoped that creating a high-performance organization could happen swiftly with a few powerful speeches and actions. The challenging truth is that creating an interdependent spirit and culture demands perseverance. Indeed, this is what sets the committed few apart from the masses—and the results are extraordinary!"
Vance Tang, president and CEO, KONE Inc.