Tolerating Ambiguity for Leadership and Professional Effectiveness
Andrew J. Dubrin
Tolerating Ambiguity for Leadership and Professional Effectiveness focuses on an under-publicized success factor in work and personal life. As the world of work has become more uncertain and rapidly changing, the ability to tolerate ambiguity as well as thrive from it has gained in importance as a trait and behavior for leaders, managers, and individual contributors. The purpose of the book is to enhance the reader's tolerance for ambiguity as a method of fortifying his or her leadership and professional effectiveness. The book describes relevant research and opinion about many aspects of tolerating ambiguity. Each chapter contains a few ideas for dealing better with ambiguity, and the final chapter presents a comprehensive list of suggestions for becoming more effective at dealing with ambiguity. Self-quizzes are presented in ten chapters to help you personalize the major chapter theme under consideration. All key points throughout the book are illustrated with examples, including references to identified individuals and business organizations. The major contribution of the book is its systematic presentation of applied information related to tolerating ambiguity, such as the payoffs from tolerating ambiguity, the attributes and actions of people who tolerate ambiguity, enhancing leadership effectiveness, and the facilitation of creativity and innovation. The book also includes a master plan for applying the information about ambiguity tolerance to serve as a guideline toward action.