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Building the Bridge As You Walk On It : A Guide for Leading Change
Robert E. Quinn

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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
ISBN: 9780787971120
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers
Pub. Date: April 2004

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How to transform your organization by transforming yourself

When it was first published, Robert Quinn’s best-selling book Deep Change revealed that anyone can become a leader of change, but to do so requires the transformation of self. The book struck a chord with thousands, and inspired readers wrote Quinn to share their stories of how his book guided them on their journeys to deep change.

Building the Bridge As You Walk On It tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership--"the fundamental state of leadership." The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity--reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth.

Building the Bridge As You Walk On It emphasizes that developing leaders is not a simple matter of imparting a set of concepts or reaching into a toolkit of strategies and behaviors. To become a leader requires engagement in the process of deep change in oneself, thereby inviting others to do the same. Once this process is in motion, we truly begin to transform one another to become the type of leaders we strive to be.


“Quinn’s work captures a crucial truth about great leadership--that it is about who we are and not what we do. In facing our fears and harnessing our uniqueness, we bring forth the capacity for inspired leadership and for enduring change. Robert Quinn is a gifted storyteller. This is his best book to date.”
—Peter J. Frost, Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Organizational Behavior, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, and author of Toxic Emotions at Work

“Quinn's fundamental state of leadership is fundamentally uncommon. Rather than focusing on how to lead others, he has served up authentic insights on how leaders can best lead themselves.”
—Jim Haduan, CEO, Root Learning, Inc.

“Read this book only if you are willing to address the fear that keeps you from leadership, and from profound change in yourself and others.”
—Allan R. Cohen, Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership, Babson College, and coauthor of Power-Up: Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership

“Quinn takes us to the chasm where deep change is lived and led--then guides us over it. Practical scholarship. Masterful teaching.”
—Philip Mirvis, coauthor of To the Desert and Back: The Story of One of the Most Dramatic Business Transformations on Record

“A gem of a book, as wise and practical a guide on individual and organizational transformation as you’ll find anywhere.”
—Warren Bennis, university professor, University of Southern California and coauthor of Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders

About the Author

Robert E. Quinn (Ann Arbor, MI) holds the M. E. Tracy Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan Business School. He is the author of numerous books including the best-selling Deep Change and Change the World. Quinn consults with organizations all over the world and speaks extensively on the subject of deep change.

Table of Contents

PART 1: An Invitation To The Fundamental State Of Leadership
1Building the Bridge As You Walk on It
2The Fundamental State of Leadership
3Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership
4Personal Revitalization
5Becoming More Aware and Authentic
6Transforming Others by Transforming Self
7A New View of Leadership
PART 2: Eight Practices For Entering The Fundamental State Of Leadership
Reflective Action
9Authentic Engagement
10Appreciative Inquiry
11Grounded Vision
13Adaptive Confidence
13Detached Interdependence
14Responsible Freedom
15Tough Love
PART 3: Developing Leaders
16The Stages of Self-Change
17Inviting Others into the Fundamental State of Leadership

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