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The Practice of Managerial Leadership  2nd edition - 2018

by Nancy R. Lee


The Practice of Managerial Leadership:2nd Edition describes the comprehensive, science-based set of principles and practices called Requisite Organization, developed by Dr. Elliott Jaques and his colleagues through consulting research work over 55 years in 15 countries. Nancy Lee worked with Dr. Jaques for more than 20 years. The book is written for managers at all levels and is focused on the managerial role because this is where guidelines are most needed to accomplish the goals of the organization. The use of these ideas results in increased productivity and profitability, enhances trust, and provides employees with a healthy working environment conducive to personal growth.

His thinking was a monumental reformulation of the basis of human capacity and organizational structure, reflected in thirty books. Jaques not only posited different levels of conceptual thinking among human beings but also elaborated the curves of that thinking over an adult lifetime. In turn, his conceptualization gave rise to a new logic for organizational structure, an area that had had no logic for organizational leadership and accountability.

Jaques work requires readers to take the necessary time to grasp his innovation. It also requires a radical change in how executives are chosen and companies are organized. Like all new thinking, his work necessitates testing the applications in one’s own organization.

But grasping complexity need not be an overwhelming task. In this book, Nancy Lee, herself an organizational consultant long immersed in Jaques conceptualization efforts, has made his thinking much easier to grasp. 

PDF version gifted by its author without charge

Nancy R. Lee, President of Requisite Organization Associates, Inc., is one of the field's most experienced Requisite consultants. She was mentored over the years by Dr. Jaques, worked with him on projects, practiced Requisite Organization as he taught it, and benefited from Jaques's careful editing of the first edition of her book, The Practice of Managerial Leadership.  Nancy has served on the Society board where she has championed professional development in the field and generously shared her knowledge both by volunteering to lead conference training workshops and by sharing materials on the Society's website.

Nancy wants to share Requisite Organization practice as broadly as possible and is now offering a digital (pdf) version of her recent book, The Practice of Managerial Leadership - Second Edition without charge. 

Her book describes Dr. Elliott Jaques' body of work called Requisite Organization in a linear, easy-to-read style.  This book is written for managers, academics, students, and practitioners who are interested in or involved in structuring, staffing, and managing organizations.

This second edition contains extensive new material with chapters on Requisite Compensation and Requisite Talent Pool Development and is fully illustrated.  Short readings on topics such as Comprehensive Organization Charts and Linking Tasks to the Corporate Goals are included as well as a chapter on Nancy's extensive experience in implementing RO over the past twenty-five years.  See the detailed outline here.

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If you would like an electronic version of the book,  you may obtain your personal copy by first registering for a free account at the Global Organization Design Society website and then logging in before downloading the book at the link below.

You are welcome to use any of the material in the book for educational purposes except the Potential Progress Data Sheet in Chapter 7 which is copyrighted.

If you would like to invite your colleagues to receive a copy of the 2nd edition, you can send them the url for this page.

Organizations have found the shorter First Edition of this book useful in educating middle managers and it is still available for that use from Amazon.  The publisher,, provides discounts on quantity orders.

If you would like to write the author, Nancy Lee, you can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Nancy would welcome your comments on the book and any suggestions for its broader distribution or use in educational efforts.  You may also write her questions about Requisite Organization or about Skype-based coaching, mentoring, or shadow consulting.  Nancy or one of her firm's associates will respond promptly to your inquiry.

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