Discover the tools of leadership to revolutionize your workplace.
Tim Stevens traveled an alternative road—leaving high school and immediately joining a national non-profit organization. He rose quickly through the ranks of leadership, but nine years later left it all behind to help an upstart church get its footing. During the 20 years Stevens served as Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church near South Bend, Indiana, the ministry grew from a congregation of 300 to more than 5,000; from a staff of five to more than 130; with a preschool, restaurant, three campuses and more than 1,800 new churches planted in southern India.
Leaders learn by leading. Stevens knows that creating a healthy and successful organization requires throwing out the conventional instruction manual and writing one that balances practical lessons, spiritual truths, and twenty-first century realities—exactly what you will find in Fairness Is Overrated.
Stevens, now an executive with the Vanderbloemen Search Group, takes his lifetime of service and dispenses with conventional wisdom. Short, powerful chapters end with actionable discussion questions. Four pillars hold up every successful leader: Be a person of integrity. Identify the right people around you. Build a great culture. Lead through crisis.
This is a manual of doing, not talking. No fluff, no stale inspirational platitudes. It’s time to move past planning and kick-start Monday into action.
Go for Gold offers daily bite-sized leadership lessons taken from Dr. Maxwell’s catalog of leadership and personal development books.
Organized into twenty-six weekly lessons with space for notes from your own leadership journey, Go for Gold will help you jump-start your leadership growth with wisdom and best practices from John C. Maxwell.
Leadership begins with self-knowledge. Leader, Know Thyself will help you understand who you are and who you can be–so you can bring all your power to bear in leading people through even the toughest challenges. Legendary business leaders and consultants Stedman Graham and Ken Blanchard explain how to hone and sustain your personal “Leadership ID”: the grounded sense of self and values that can guide you through life’s most critical choice-points. Graham and Blanchard help you gain a deeper understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, your purpose in life, your values, and your ideal future. They offer tips for resolving dynamic tensions between your most dearly held values…keeping the world from pushing you back into old and ineffective routines…accepting the right external influences and getting the right kinds of help…maintaining your focus on positive results...staying in the game despite any roadblocks you encounter…and getting yourself to the places and projects you’ve always dreamt about.
You wouldn’t think of starting out on a major journey without taking along your identification. Yet, too often people set out to become leaders without knowing who they really are. We’ve all known people who were passionate to succeed at something, and then gave up their dreams at the first setback. Why does that happen? It happens because these people don’t have solid identities to sustain them when they run into resistance. They don’t have their leadership IDs.
With the burgeoning trend toward seeking a deeper grounding personally as a means of performing better professionally, The Source of Leadership is the early "defining voice" of this new leadership discipline. (See www.thesourceofleadership.com)
The book presents innovative tools and techniques, such as the use of Pascal's Wager to make momentous decisions despite gaps in relevant data and an uncertain future, as well as a way to reduce or eliminate the career-ending threat of any reader's most severe "Achilles' heel" vulnerabilities. The time management chapter supplies dozens of pragmatic ideas to do more in less time—and do it better; the chapter on "Quicksand Quadrants" enables any leader to quickly assess the optimal mix of approaches in any situation. It all adds up to an essential—and user-friendly—manual for every leader at every level.
Are you a Badger or a Doormat? provides you with clear instructions and simple self-coaching processes which will propel you along the path to leadership success. It uses memorable caricatures to show extreme leadership styles, teaching you what behaviour to avoid and what to do more of, in an accessible and amusing way.
Throughout the book Rosie Miller, a top international executive coach, and 20 highly experienced leaders offer advice on the mindsets, habits and working practices that will make you a successful leader. This book gives you the practical and direct guidance you need to upgrade your thinking and your behaviour to become an energetic, focused and visionary leader.
The focus is on the five skills common to all the most effective leaders:making the best use of your time communicating effectively delegating and people development motivating a diverse workforce creating change
Each chapter is broken down into the following clearly sign-posted sections:Highlightscontaining the key ideas in brief to enable you to scan quickly the content a description of a common leadership Dilemma using cartoon caricatures to illustrate two extreme types of leadership behaviour and illustrate the unintended consequences of these extremes in practice a Diagnostic for those who want to assess where they tend to fit between the two ends of the continuum Balancing Wiselyintroduces the leadership mind-set that is more effective and the attributes of a leader who successfully manages this dilemma The “How To” section gives detailed practical thinking, models and tools to let you be more effective at managing this dilemma “In Action”is a case study illustrating one leader putting these tools and techniques into action A Summary of the key points in the chapter A list of powerful Self-Coaching questions designed to help you apply the thinking to your own leadership context and build your own effective leadership mindset.
An outstanding contribution to todays business literature.
Irving Weiser, Chairman and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada Dain Rauscher
This is an excellent job of conveying managerial concepts in a concise manner It is easy reading and yet very instructive.
Lloyd P. Johnson, Past Chairman and CEO, Norwest Corporation
The stories have some outstanding lessons and insights.
William W. George, Past President and CEO, Medtronic, Inc.
Russell E. Palmer--who has had three very different, highly successful careers as head of one of the world’s largest accounting firms, Dean of the Wharton School, and an entrepreneur--helps you identify the leadership model most appropriate for your environment, and how to lead accordingly. You’ll learn better ways to lead your equals, help an organization weather crises, transform its culture, lead entrepreneurial organizations, lead global organizations...even lead non-profit and academic institutions.
Then, drawing on interviews with an extraordinary spectrum of outstanding leaders, Palmer helps you master the attribute every leader must have: the ability to inspire your unique organization, even in the face of the most daunting challenges.
• Achieving empowerment, even in classic "top-down" organizations
Exercising strong authority without falling victim to ego or closed-mindedness
• Transforming an organization of peers
Driving changes in a strategic direction when key power centers disagree
• Turning danger into opportunity
Mastering the art of rapid, focused, hands-on execution for organizations in crisis
• Leading cultural change that sticks
Reconnecting structures, processes, and strategies with the new realities you face
• Learning from the Wharton experience
Succeeding in an environment with widely diverse, highly influential stakeholders
Topics covered in this guide include:authority creativity cross-cultural leadership motivation emotional intelligence group dynamics.
Dr. Karen Otazo has spent more than 20 years coaching executives in virtually every type of organization. She’s worked personally with more than 2,000 individuals, from interns to CEOs. Now, drawing on hundreds of secret leadership feedback reports, she reveals what actually works—and doesn’t work— when it comes to being a great leader.
You’ll find simple, easy-to-use techniques for smoothly assuming new leadership roles...honing your style...maximizing your impact...crafting a vision, shaping strategies, and getting buy-in... using power wisely...handling tough coaching and feedback sessions...avoiding leadership pitfalls... strengthening key leadership relationships...inspiring people, building world-class teams, and achieving outstanding results.
Prepare for the toughest challenges of leadership
Widen your “mental bandwidth” in seven key areas
Get beyond the numbers
Learn how to use all your resources, tangible and intangible
Sharpen your vision, and communicate it crisply
Engage, motivate, and inspire all your audiences
Don’t let stress impact your performance
Manage your stress, manage your energy
Use power wisely, and choose your battles
Apply the right touch: not too light, not too heavy-handed
Grow your people, grow your team
Develop outstanding people, achieve outstanding results
Leaders aren’t born, they’re made... and you can make yourself a great leader, starting today! This book’s 52 proven leadership principles and bite-size, easy-to-use techniques that work!
Understand your leadership style
Develop your weaknesses into strengths
Inspire and encourage your team
Focus on leading, not managing
Make a positive impact on your business
Who are you?
Any leader who is excited by the opportunity to take their skills to the next level
Where will this book take you?
You will have a firm understanding of your leadership style and how you can be most effective
How does it work?
The book uses the proven WORKBOOK METHOD, meaning it is packed with interactive exercises and self-assessment tools to help you reach your potential.
What else do I get?
The book includes access to a range of free downloadable templates and resources which will help you develop even further.
Leadership remains one of the most sought-after qualities in contemporary society, yet after centuries of research, education and debate it remains just as elusive as ever. Leadership Paradoxes: Rethinking Leadership for an Uncertain World argues that the key to understanding and enhancing leadership education, theory and practice lies in the recognition of its paradoxical tendencies.
Drawing on the expertise of an international team of leadership scholars and practitioners, this book examines common leadership paradoxes and challenges faced by leaders — and shows how they can be reconceived as opportunities to be embraced, rather than problems to be solved. Readers will benefit from reflective questions at the end of each chapter, plus a companion website at www.leadershipparadoxes.com offering further material and a forum for discussion.
Leadership Paradoxeswill be valuable supplementary reading for students of leadership at advanced undergraduate, postgraduate, and post-experience level, as well as professionals seeking to improve their practice.
Businesses today have a vital need to create individuals who can positively and progressively fill leadership roles at every level of their organizations. An award-winning leadership practitioner, Peter J. Dean has developed an exclusive method that shows how every interaction and every encounter holds opportunities for leadership. Leadership for Everyone provides the knowledge, tools, and advice to produce "everyday, everywhere" leaders who influence each situation in which they're involved as they reinforce organizational effectiveness and productivity.
Managers and development professionals will learn how to move beyond simple employee supervision to develop self-directed teams that share positive ideas and goals while working beyond the status quo. The seven learnable skills in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. MethodTM are:Listen to Learn Empathize their Emotions Attend to their Aspirations Diagnose the Details Engage with Ethics Respond with Respectfulness Speak with Specificity
It is a story about the personal journey transformational leaders must take in order to be true to themselvesto be in touch with themselvesand to find at journeys end that its not about them.
The Imperfect Leader will resonate with leaders at all levels and in every walk of life. It guides, equips and motivates leaders, young and old, to understand the necessity for personal transformation that is required for leaders to make a difference in their organizations.
George Gallup, Jr. (The Gallup Organization) said this about The Imperfect Leader: There is one true and effective model for leadership that outperforms all othersit is time-tested and historically proven to be the leadership model for transformational change. In The Imperfect Leader, Taylor offers an interesting, well written articulation of that model. It is a very practical book that should be read by any leader seriously intending to make a differencein their organizationor in the world.
For Gary Burnison, CEO of the world’s largest executive search firm, these five simple words perfectly capture the essence of great leadership. There can be no half measures. Complete commitment, total engagement, and a powerful sense of personal responsibility are the criteria for true leadership excellence. It’s more than a job; it’s a way of life. But how do you get there? In this groundbreaking book, Burnison provides the answer.
As the leader of Korn/Ferry International, Burnison is particularly well qualified to write a guide to effective leadership. On a personal level, he experiences every day what it’s like to be responsible for the lives of others, the careers of his employees, and the expectations of stakeholders. He also deals one-on-one with some of the world’s top leaders.
In The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, Burnison distills this vast experience into an actionable plan for building world-class leadership skills. You’ll learn how to train your focus on the twelve most critical elements of leadership, so you canEstablish your vision and develop a strategy for achieving it Inspire your people to embrace the change you envision Measure the effectiveness of your leadership Build powerful teams that are aligned in purpose and strategy Foresee new opportunities and adjust your course to meet them
Nothing in business or life generates greater personal satisfaction than affecting peoples’ lives in a positive way through excellent leadership. Burnison refers to it as the “eighth wonder of the world.”
The prospect might seem daunting, but Burnison makes it more accessible than you thought possible. He presents a framework based on enduring human truths, which is applicable in every leadership role and arena. All you have to do is apply it with dedication and determination.
You have the ability. Take your first steps to leadership excellence with The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership.
Praise for The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership:
“In The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, Gary Burnison captures the timeless principles that leaders must possess, beyond intelligence, courage and heart. These essential elements speak to the integrity and authenticity that underscore all effective leadership.”
—Carlos Slim, entrepreneur, Investor, and the world’s richest man
“Only a few good leaders have paused to reflect seriously on being leaders. Xenophon and Ulysses S. Grant did, and now Gary Burnison can be added to the list. This is not a business book. This is a book about the business of life.”
—P.J. O’Rourke, political satirist, journalist, and author
“Gary Burnison has distilled leadership into its essential elements—the absolute truths about leadership that apply in every arena. For those who want to know what leadership is all about, this book has the answers.”
—Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Franklin “Buster” Hagenbeck
“Leadership is the most important ingredient in any successful organization. Gary Burnison explores the essential elements of leadership through conversations with some of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished leaders.”
—Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundations, KB Home, and SunAmerica
”Gary Burnison’s wisdom and insight cut straight to the heart of the matter—to the essential elements of any leadership framework. His stories, observations, and conversations with leaders artfully illustrate these principles, applicable to everyone.”
—Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico
You don’t have to be trapped in your work situation. In this book, adapted from the million-selling The 360-Degree Leader, Maxwell unveils the keys to successfully navigating the challenges of working for a bad boss. Maxwell teaches how to position yourself for current and future success, take the high road with a poor leader, avoid common pitfalls, work well with teammates, and develop influence wherever you find yourself.
Practicing the principles taught in this book will result in endless opportunities—for your organization, your career, and your life. You can learn how to lead when your boss can’t (or won’t).
The principle of leadership has been going on since the very beginning of humankind. From the early prehistoric times to the Stone age to the Bronze age to the Iron age to the Middle ages to the Industrial revolution era to the 21st century AD, humankind has evolved thanks to one major element: leadership. The Homo Sapiens species has especially developed the need, the desire and the ability to provide leadership for about the past 200000 years on Earth. Humankind has been on a odyssey, the leadership odyssey, throughout all of its history. The most important things in modern life and in history are, first of all, about leadership. Theres truly nothing new under the sun nowadays. Its so simple and so true. Its really too bad certain management theories of the 20th or 21st century AD havent even taught it.
The author is truly convinced that all real leaders in history, especially in recent history, have actually lived by precise rules, unconsciously or consciously, that have enabled them to achieve true global leadership. This book is the result of the authors life experience and research and reveals what the author truly believes are the 33 basic rules to live by on a daily basis in order for active men or women with potential, in any walk of life, to achieve true leadership in the 21st century AD and beyond.
LEAD TRULY is an innovative handbook about leadership that clearly explains the 33 basic rules one should live by on a daily basis in order to achieve true leadership in life. No other book until now has presented these main rules altogether and this unique approach or concept will hopefully allow many active men and women around the world to succeed in achieving true leadership.
LEAD TRULY is a very practical handbook on leadership, based on experience, and is literally a precious guide for anyone - whatever your level of education - who wants to achieve true leadership and succeed in any walk of life.
So lead yourself, lead others and lead organizations according to the 33 basic rules presented in LEAD TRULY and you will definitely achieve true leadership in life!
Awaken and develop the true leader in you!
Wayde Goodall has observed this quagmire for decades, counseling those who have thrown away their families and their futures for a moment of pleasure or profit. Profiling well-known leaders who've had a fall from grace, Goodall notes the common traits, warning signs, and most importantly, a plan for avoiding such deadly traps of the soul.
For everyone who has found himself in this terrible dilemma, and to those who can still avoid it, this book is like a beacon. There is a fail-safe guide for remaining on the right path, and Why Great Men Fall illustrates that safe route in a riveting way.One after the other, great men are falling like dominoes as they defy the profound wisdom of Scripture, make themselves into their own god and satisfy their most base desires. If you are already experiencing substantial fame, power or wealth or, more importantly, if you are approaching that possibility in your life, this well be one of the most important books you will ever read.
Wayde Goodall has shared a brief but masterful guide to leadership in WHY GREAT MEN FALL. Having known Wayde as an exceptional leader for over 20 years, it is obvious that this is the life story and lessons learned by a great, humble leader whose "life lessons" blended with the truth of God's Word, give us a page turner that addresses the personal issues of today.
Anyone can read the headlines. It takes a finer mind to go behind the faces of scandalized celebrities and their lurid exploits. Dr. Goodall combines discernment, insight, and an engaging contemporaneity to turn the tale of the fallen into wisdom for those willing to learn.
In Leadership at the Crossroads, contributors from a wide variety of fields, including management, economics, political science, philosophy, sociology, history, literature, and psychology, explore the many facets of leadership. The set comprises: Volume 1: Leadership and Psychology; Volume 2: Leadership and Politics; Volume 3: Leadership and the Humanities. Collectively, this set showcases traditional and emerging approaches to leadership in both theory and practice and raises new questions brought on by society's new challenges. It also suggests solutions for developing and promoting leadership in the corporate world, politics and diplomacy, religion, education, non-profits, and the arts. Whether identifying qualities that will serve a U.S. president well, or the characteristics of the essential can-do supervisor in today's corporation, Leadership at the Crossroads supplies insights and intelligence that will help leaders make the most of the challenges and opportunities lying before them.
Beyond the “iron fist”: breakthrough leadership techniques for today’s flatter, more egalitarian organizations.
One of the most challenging organizations to lead is one in which many people in the organization are nominally equal to the top leader. Leaders these days need to persuade all kinds of people up and down their organizations and lead them not by the iron fist or any of the classical leadership approaches.
This Element is an excerpt from Ultimate Leadership: Winning Execution Strategies for Your Situation (9780131933866) by Russell E. Palmer. Available in print and digital formats.
A nine-step process to start driving effective change in any organization, beginning right now.
Success in leading transformations over the long run depends on the leader’s vision in developing a strategic plan. I believe any leader who is serious about transforming an organization should consider the process I describe next. It’s a starting point for you to move toward your own methods of transformation….
This Element is an excerpt from The Truth About Being a Leader (9780131873384) by Karen Otazo. Available in print and digital formats.
How to perform your leader “role” all day long, in front of all your audiences.
Actors turn on like a light as they become their characters or assume their public personae. Their high energy captures the audience. Good leaders do the same thing. However, when you’re a leader, your audience is an all-day one–every follower, contact, and client, right down to your company driver. You can’t slip out of your leader role until you’re alone.