Leading Change


Leading Change by John Kotter
Boston Massachusetts: Harvard Business Press, 1996
Open Library ebook: https://openlibrary.org/works/OL1932148W/Leading_Change

One of the classic textbooks on how to lead a successful change process. The book charts 8 steps in implementing programmatic (“top down”) change including: establishing a sense of urgency, creating a guiding coalition, developing a vision and strategy, communicating the change vision, empowering employees for broad-based action, generating short-term wins, consolidating gains and producing more change, anchoring new approaches in the culture.

Kotter has become known as a ‘change management’ scholar and it is easy to forget that his background is rooted in leadership. He had already published two very important books on leadership: The Leadership Factor (1988) and A Force for Change: How Leadership Differs from Management (1990). Leading Change continues this research and focuses on the leader’s role in driving the change.