From Insight to Action Book Outlines Six Areas Individuals Should Focus to Build Leadership Capacity

WASHINGTON — A major challenge facing associations and organizations is building leadership capacity in an increasingly complex business environment. How do you develop effective volunteers and staff? How will they need to think differently in the future? An organization’s goal is to not only achieve success, but also to create individual capacity through competency development and mentorship. From Insight to Action: Six New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve, written by Jean S. Frankel and Gabriel Eckert, CAE, and published by ASAE’s Association Management Press, outlines how organizations should embrace six emerging competencies, eight essential organizational foundations, and one unifying strategy of co-creation.

WASHINGTON — A major challenge facing associations and organizations is building leadership capacity in an increasingly complex business environment. How do you develop effective volunteers and staff? How will they need to think differently in the future? An organization’s goal is to not only achieve success, but also to create individual capacity through competency development and mentorship. From Insight to Action: Six New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve, written by Jean S. Frankel and Gabriel Eckert, CAE, and published by ASAE’s Association Management Press, outlines how organizations should embrace six emerging competencies, eight essential organizational foundations, and one unifying strategy of co-creation.

“From Insight to Action makes the case that leaders will need to see the world from many different dimensions in order to lead their organizations to success in increasingly complex times,” said Frankel. “The book provides unique and realistic perspectives on leadership issues and challenges and solutions because it represents a blended view of an association executive and a management consultant –what will truly be needed by all leaders in order to think, lead and achieve in the future.”

“So many books on leadership are prescriptive by telling organizations and individuals the steps they need to take in order to be successful. In contrast, our book is descriptive in nature, suggesting to leaders and organizations how to think about leadership,” says Eckert.

From Insight to Action identifies six emerging competencies: 360-degree thinking, a heightened sense of internal intuition, dynamic decision-making, using powerful questions, achieving diversity of thought, and understanding change. It also suggests that leaders and organizations should not focus on data alone when making decisions, but should instead blend information with intuition and insight. The book also outlines a series of organizational foundations that need to be in place in order to maximize the use of these competencies, and presents the concept of co-creation as a manner in which leaders can effectively think, lead and achieve together.

Jean S. Frankel is President of Ideas for Action, LLC, based in Boca Raton, Florida. She is an internationally known management consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. Gabriel Eckert, CAE, is the executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia and volunteer leader in the Georgia Society of Association Executives and Green Chamber of the South.

From Insight to Action is available for $26.95 for ASAE members and $34.95 to nonmembers. For more information, and to purchase a copy, visit ASAE’s bookstore.

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About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
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