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Action Inquiry

Action Inquiry

by Bill Torbet
The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership
" Best Leadership Book I've Ever Read" | "Terrific: a real bible of leadership"

Nominally targetted at leaders, this book is primarily a handbook about improving one’s awareness and also a business-oriented description of a widely-used model of adult developmental psychology, where “stages” are called Action Logics.

Commentary by TLLP


Action inquiry is a fresh approach to learning leadership in the midst of action. This highly accessible process takes each of us beyond muddling through daily dilemmas to exercising transforming power at key moments and more timely action in general. Bill Torbert and Associates lead you through more and more sophisticated “action-logics”—strategies for analyzing the world and reacting to it—until you are able to practice action inquiry continually. Speaking to everyone from new managers to CEOs to world leaders, real-life stories of leadership and organizational transformations show how action inquiry increases personal integrity, relational mutuality, company profitability, and long-term organizational and environmental sustainability.


Bill Torbet
Creator of Developmental Action Inquiry | Co-founder Global Leadership Associates

Derived from his bio on the Global Leadership Associates website:

Positions: Principal, Action Inquiry Associates LLC | Co-Founder and Director Emeritus, Global Leadership Associates | Director, Amara Collaboration | Founding Member, Action Inquiry Fellowship | Fellow, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society | Professor Emeritus, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Bill’s groundbreaking work on Developmental Action Inquiry is the foundation for the work of Global Leadership Associates.

He is probably best known as the author of  Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). He also wrote Seven Transformations of Leadership, selected as one of the top ten Harvard Business Review leadership articles of all time.


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