Essay Leadership Without Easy Answers

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Tyler Jordan
February 11, 2013
Leadership for Ministry
Dr. Levi Price
“Leadership Without Easy Answers” – Ronald Heifetz 1. The Essence of the Book, 2. Main Thoughts, 6. Reflections
In “Leadership Without Easy Answers,” Ronald Heifetz gives his take on what it means to be a leader in various types of leadership situations, how to use or not use our authority, and most importantly, the difference between leadership and authority. Throughout a wide variety of examples and narratives, Heifetz shows how these two are different, yet also how that can be used in harmony in a variety of work environments.
Heifetz bases the arguments in this book around making two different distinctions: technical versus adaptive problems, and
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