Publisher: Blackwell, 1994, 316 pages
Achieving decisive, accountable, value-adding, managerial leadership is critical to effective executive organizations. Jaques and Clement approach this leadership question in an entirely new way.
By clarifying the meaning of leadership within the organizational structure. they show that all managers must have leadership accountability, and that there can be no such thing as an effective manager who does not effectively discharge that accountability.
It is in this analysis of what makes for effective managerial leadership that Executive Leadership is at its most radical. Jaques and Clement reject the notion that particular groups of personality qualities and traits characterize effective leaders and instead focus on the requisite organizational structure for managerial leadership to occur.
Executive Leadership is a refreshingly practical approach to the development of decisive managerial leaders at all levels of the organization. It is essential reading for all concerned with organization development, leadership and human resource management.
Another must read book (if you're concerned about HR)
Prof. Jaques (with co-author) does it again: manages to produce an excellent book that details the theories that underlie SST.
A very readable and good introduction to the HR parts of the theories, that is a must to read if you will have any claim to really understand HR.