very performance improvement effort requires some demonstration of leadership, whether leadership performance is the focus of the effort. The challenge for the performance improvement professional is to propose an approach to leadership that will effectively support the identified performance improvements in a given setting or organization. This can be difficult, given the flood of literature on the subject and the range of views that complicate the choice of approach. Rostâs book is not a âhow-toâ recipe for leadership development, but this slim volume does offer a comprehensive critique of the major writings on the topic and offers several intriguing ideas that should interest the human performance technologist. The author challenges much of the writing in the field of leadership as faddish and fundamentally flawed for failing to wrestle with a definition of leader or leadershipâconcluding that much of what has been written, offered, and taught as leadership training or development is useless. To the performance technologist unfamiliar with the leadership literature, Rostâs work provides an historical framework. To those who are familiar with this area of performance, the book offers some thought-provoking ideas about the definition of leadership and how it is distinguished from other workplace behavior. In
Performance Improvement – Wiley
Published: May 1, 2005
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