Leadership Through Trust
Leadership Through Trust
This book merely adds a drop in the ocean of literature already written on leadership. The difference I hope to make with this book is thconnection of the theory of leadership to the practice of leadership as a lived experience. I have been fortunate in that I have a foot in both worlds and hope to make a difference with academics who teach and research leadership, as well as practitioner(Leadership Through Trust).
Many books on leadership by, or about, famous and effective leaders in business, military, and political life relate successful tales of effective leaders in various situations and contexts. These books highlight leaders’ personality traits and successful strategies for leading organizations and people toward success. If these books have a deficiency, from an academic standpoint, it is their lack of grounding in theory(Leadership Through Trust).
The result is a varied mix of tales of great leaders in various contexts. Many readers can relate to these books on the basis of profession, context, and/or personality or character traits. However, unless a reader can relate to a specific similar profession, context, situation, or personality and character trait, these books may have limited meaning since they lack a theoretical underpinning that can provide universal insight and understanding to all readers(Leadership Through Trust).
Nevertheless, leadership studied purely as an academic concept is abstract. Often books and research articles are littered with the “dos” and “don’ts” of leadership and flowery statements grounded in purely academic terms. Leadership, as practiced in a world chock full of random events and unpredictable personalities, becomes exponentially more problematic than theory. Most of these books lack the ability to discuss the practice of leadership from ground level, where the “rubber meets the road,” except by relating stories or cases of leaders that the authors are telling second or third hand.
Academic researchers on leadership have noted that the concept of effective leadership is not coherently linked to a specific theory, nor is there agreement among researchers about how the leadership process functions. Therefore, leadership remains something of a mystery despite the hundreds of thousands of pages written about it. Leadership is an art—just like life. It cannot be reduced to a recipe of dos and don’ts or a set of mechanical behaviors. Nor can it be fully explained by a theory. My thesis is that there is one key ingredient to sustain effective leadership—trust. However, the construct of trust embraces a myriad of concepts that are complicated by interaction with varied personalities and situations encountered in real life(Leadership Through Trust).
My intention, as an academic who left academia to co-found and lead an enterprise that grew from 0 to 700 employees in 15 years, is to bridge the gap of abstract leadership concepts to practical application and implementation of leadership, in a non-sterile real world, as a lived experience. My hope is to enrich the study of leadership by discussing it from both the academic and the practitioner view point. Accordingly, this book draws on both my academic research and my active participation as a leader from a “lived experience” perspective(Leadership Through Trust).
Furthermore, as the world shrinks through global commerce, crosscultural understanding of business practices, management and leadership becomes increasingly important. This is true even in a single country as immigrants enter the workforce. Effective leadership necessitates the ability to relate across cultures in order to leverage leadership skills. My experience as founder and CEO of a company located in Southern Mexico also enables me to bridge the divide between cross-culture theory and practice
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