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Reading the Room

In this innovative book, renowned psychologist David Kantor applies his research and theory of structural dynamics to the workplace to show how individual leaders and coaches can develop their own skills in understanding group dynamics and apply this understanding to improve organizational communication and performance. Reading the Room provides guidelines for understanding the differences between communication in low stakes and high stakes situations, a framework for improving leadership behavior in crisis, and action strategies to enhance leadership development through organizational approaches and accelerated team performance.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix ONE Reading the Room: Introduction and Framework 1 PART ONE A Complete Language for Understanding Leader Behavior 21 TWO Level I: Action Stances: The Four-Player Model 23 THREE Level II: Domains of Communication: Affect, Power, and Meaning 49 FOUR Level III: Systems in Control of Speech 79 FIVE The Behavioral Profile: A Synthesis of Levels I, II, and III 109 PART TWO Identity and Leader Behavior in High Stakes 125 SIX Level IV: Stories, Identity, and Structured Behavior 127 SEVEN Narrative Purpose 151 EIGHT Leader Behavior in High-Stakes Situations 167 NINE The Heroic Leader in Crisis 193 TEN Sources and Signs of Moral Corruption in Leaders 231 PART THREE Models and the Ultimate Leader 263 ELEVEN From Personal Model to Leadership Model 265 TWELVE Building a Leadership Model 281 THIRTEEN A Model for Living 315 FOURTEEN Beyond the Behavioral Profile 339 FIFTEEN A Structural Dynamics Analysis of Barack Obama 361 AFTERWORD Where Structural Dynamics Goes from Here 385 Notes 387 Acknowledgments 399 About the Author 401

About the Author

David Kantor, Ph.D., is a systems psychologist, organizational consultant, and clinical researcher. Kantor was formerly the head of Monitor Kantor Enterprises (MKE), a business unit of Monitor Group. Kantor has been a professor at Harvard University, Harvard University Medical School, and Tufts University Medical School. He also founded and served as director of the Kantor Family Institute, a postgraduate training center in Boston, and The Kantor Institute, a training center for consultants, coaches, and leaders.

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