Chapter One: An art to be mastered
Chapter Two: Make sense of a chaotic world
Chapter Three: Navigate tensions
Chapter Four: Illuminate blind spots
Chapter Five: Transcend conflict
Chapter Six: Connect with your life's purpose
Chapter Seven: Anticipate
Chapter Eight: Savor the marathon
Steven Snyder is the founder of Snyder Leadership Group, an organizational consulting firm dedicated to cultivating inspired leadership. He is also an executive fellow in leadership at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Snyder was an early executive at Microsoft, where he managed the company's relationship with IBM and was the general manager of a business unit. Later, Snyder became CEO of the Internet startup Net Perceptions, where he won the World Technology Award for Commerce.
"Leadership and the Art of Struggle provides you with the
opportunity to learn from Snyder's remarkable wisdom. It is a
living guide that you can return to time and time again as new
--From the foreword by Bill George, former CEO, Medtronic; Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; and author of the bestselling True North "A very fresh and inspiring perspective that constructively embraces the natural tensions that all leaders encounter every day. I heartily recommend it to any leader who aspires to lead and contribute more fully."
--Douglas R. Conant, former President, CEO, and Director, Campbell Soup Company, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller TouchPoints
"Steven courageously confronts the element of struggle, which is frequently overlooked in all the leadership hoopla. It's time we had an open and honest conversation about this integral and vital aspect of leadership."
--Ken Melrose, former CEO, Toro
"Steven guides you on a journey that can be deeply fulfilling as well as enlightening. I recommend this book for any leader who wants to engage more authentically and constructively in a complex and ever-changing world."
--Mary Brainerd, CEO, HealthPartners
"Leadership and the Art of Struggle contains compelling stories of great leaders who have struggled with various facets of their leadership responsibility. It offers practical advice and tools to help you deal more effectively with the inevitable struggles of leadership."
--Trudy Rautio, President and CEO, Carlson
"If you are leading an organization of any kind today or desire to lead one in the future, you need to read this book."
--Frank Russomanno, former CEO, Imation
"Steven Snyder covers all the bases from channeling your energy to managing conflict, including a great segment about overcoming your leadership blind spots. Leadership and the Art of Struggle is full of real-life examples of leaders who emerged from tough times better and stronger than before. This encouraging book is a must-read!"
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Great Leaders Grow
"The leadership journey is rewarding but definitely not easy. Leadership and the Art of the Struggle gives you clear and compelling advice on transforming pitfalls into possibilities."
--Jodee Kozlak, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Target
"Snyder has opened an intriguing and insightful portal into the challenge of leadership. You'll be inspired and invigorated with ideas that you can immediately put into action."
--Kevin Wilde, Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, and author of Dancing with the Talent Stars
"Life in a start-up is chaotic, intense, and unpredictable. Snyder knows this world well and gives you sage advice on how to remain grounded, focused, and energized. This is a book that every entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur should read."
--Michael Gorman, Managing Director, Split Rock Partners
"Snyder boldly tackles a subject that every leader needs to master. Sometimes leadership is a struggle, and these are the times that really put us to the test. This insightful book will teach you how to thrive during life's most challenging moments."
--Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"This book resonates to the core. It gives us grounding and offers precise practices for locating our work deep in the soul. Steven makes the dive into the waters of purposeful living and leading deep and attractive. What a delightful dive!"
--Richard Leider, bestselling author of The Power of Purpose and coauthor of Repacking Your Bags
"The French writer Albert Camus tells us, 'In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.' Snyder wisely observes that we can best strike a blow against tragedy and disappointment by using them as inspiration to make a positive difference in the lives of others through our personal leadership."
---Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman, Carlson
"This is the right book for these times. Leadership has become more difficult in the chaotic world we live in; Steven acknowledges that and draws on his own deep experience and the lessons learned of others to help any new, aspiring, or well-worn leader!"
--Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International and coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
"Leadership and the Art of Struggle deserves to be a leadership classic! Snyder brilliantly charts a course to strengthen ourselves through the important crucibles of challenge and adversity. If you want to build more authentic leadership in yourself and others, get this life-changing book!"
--Kevin Cashman, Senior Partner, Korn/Ferry International, and bestselling author of The Pause Principle and Leadership from the Inside Out
Because of the subject's perennial popularity, authors continue to find new ways to write about leadership. Here consultant and former Microsoft executive Snyder suggests that all leaders will face struggle and should hone their skills in its wake or, rather, in anticipation of it. The book is well organized, proceeding logically through its three sections on ways to lead in the face of adversity: by grounding yourself, exploring new pathways, and deepening your adaptive energy. While not a scintillating read, the text is logical and the author offers "reflection exercises" that will help readers to enact the suggested strategies. VERDICT Fans of conventional business books that are heavily focused on case studies will get the most out of this book; those not in leadership positions might find useful information here for learning from tough times.-Sarah Statz Cords, Reader's Advisor Online, Middleton, WI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.