Playing the leadership game
How often have you heard someone with a commanding presence deliver a bold vision that turned out to be nothing more than rhetoric and hot air? All too often we mistake the appearance of leadership for the real deal. Without a doubt, intelligence, vision, and the ability to communicate are important. But something big is missing: the know-how of running a business—the capacity to take it in the right direction, do the right things, make the right decisions, deliver results, and leave the people and the business better off than they were before.
For well over four decades, Ram Charan has been learning in the most visceral way the underlying reasons why leaders succeed and fail. As one of the most influential advisers to top management teams of leading companies around the world, he has had a front-row seat to observe the cause and effect of leadership practices and behaviors.
Ram Charan’s insight into the real content of leadership provides you with the eight fundamental skills needed for success in the twenty-first century:
• Positioning (and, when necessary, repositioning) your business by zeroing in on the central idea that meets customer needs and makes money
• Connecting the dots by pinpointing patterns of external change ahead of others
• Shaping the way people work together by leading the social system of your business
• Judging people by getting to the truth of a person
• Molding high-energy, high-powered, high-ego people into a working team of leaders in which they equal more than the sum of their parts
• Knowing the destination where you want to take your business by developing goals that balance what the business can become with what it can realistically achieve
• Setting laser-sharp priorities that become the road map for meeting your goals
• Dealing creatively and positively with societal pressures that go beyond the economic value creation activities of your business
Know-How is the missing link of leadership. By showing how the eight know-hows link to, interact with, and reinforce personal and psychological traits, Ram Charan provides a holistic and innovative portrait of successful leaders of the twenty-first century.
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Based on his TEDx talk "Everyday Leadership (the Lollipop Moment)"--voted one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time--This Is Day One is leadership expert Drew Dudley's guide to cultivating the behaviors that will help you to succeed and empower those around you.
If you're intimidated by the mystique surrounding leadership, this book is for you. Dudley simplifies leadership without denying its complexity, demonstrating that leadership in all its forms begins at the same clear and accessible place for everyone: what he calls "Day One."
Day One is when you discover, define, and start to consistently deliver on your foundational leadership values. Living that day over and over is what creates leaders, and Dudley provides the key tools necessary to craft and commit to your own personal Day One, including:
A step-by-step process designed to surface your core leadership values and embed them into your daily behavior
A roadmap to behavioral changes proven to increase commitment, pride, productivity, and happiness
Insights into key leadership values that drive performance and impactSharing the process that led him through battles with alcohol, obesity, and personal tragedy, Dudley shows you how to develop a relentless commitment to the daily behaviors that will make you a better executive, coach, or teacher, and how you can inspire others to do the same.
Most of the leadership on the planet comes from people who don't see themselves as leaders. This Is Day One shows you how to start changing that. Through the insights of leaders of all types--CEOs, elite athletes, cab drivers, custodians, and everyone in between--Dudley helps you understand what your Day One needs to look like, reminds you why you're a leader, and makes clear what you can do about it--starting today, on Day One.
You are a leader. You do not need to be in a boardroom, on a battlefield, or on a ballot to have a profound impact on everyone around you. In this life-changing book, Betsy Myers—senior adviser to two US presidents and former executive director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership—demonstrates how each of us has opportunities to take the lead every day and shares seven core principles that will enable us to be more productive, engaged, and successful.
From the Oval Office to the playground, cabinet meetings to kitchen tables, in public life and private, Betsy Myers has seen firsthand the emergence of a new leadership model where having all the answers up front is less important than asking the right questions, where strength is derived less from the power you wield than from how you make the people around you feel.
With personal stories from her time in government, in academia, and on the campaign trail, as well as her experiences as a wife, daughter, and mother, Myers helps all of us learn to set the right priorities for ourselves; to connect on a deeper level with the people around us; to uncover problems early when they are still easy to fix; to collaborate with those whose points of view are different from our own; and to push through our fears and live our most authentic lives. Myers demonstrates that more than simply making people feel good, this kind of leadership can have a profound effect on the results achieved: it is how initiatives are launched, profits are made, and work gets done.
Personal, practical, and profoundly inspiring, Take the Lead is a book for anyone who wonders where all the great leaders have gone. Betsy Myers helps us see that true leadership is all around us—and within us.
The areas covered include: Leading your strategy, defining and managing your team, managing change and innovation, understanding the market, resolving conflict and communicating your vision. The Leadership Book offers fast effective solutions to pressing business challenges
Mind Tools for Managers helps new and experienced leaders develop the skills they need to be more effective in everything they do. It brings together the 100 most important leadership skills—as voted for by 15,000 managers and professionals worldwide—into a single volume, providing an easy-access solutions manual for people wanting to be the best manager they can be. Each chapter details a related group of skills, providing links to additional resources as needed, plus the tools you need to put ideas into practice. Read beginning-to-end, this guide provides a crash course on the essential skills of any effective manager; used as a reference, its clear organization allows you to find the solution you need quickly and easily.
Success in a leadership position comes from results, and results come from the effective coordination of often competing needs: your organization, your client, your team, and your projects. These all demand time, attention, and energy, and keeping everything running smoothly while making the important decisions is a lot to handle. This book shows you how to manage it all, and manage it well, with practical wisdom and expert guidance.Build your ideal team and keep them motivatedMake better decisions and boost your strategy gameManage both time and stress to get more done with lessMaster effective communication, facilitate innovation, and much more
Managers wear many hats and often operate under a tremendously diverse set of job duties. Delegation, prioritization, strategy, decision making, communication, problem solving, creativity, time management, project management and stress management are all part of your domain. Mind Tools for Managers helps you take control and get the best out of your team, your time, and yourself.
All leaders have scores of things they could do. But a disciplined leader is one who identifies and focuses on the Vital Few: the 20 percent of activities that will drive 80 percent of the results. And the results that are most important are those tied to the organization's most precious asset: its people.
The Disciplined Leader offers fifty-two succinct lessons to help you home in on your own Vital Few in three critical areas: leading yourself, leading your team, and leading your organization. Each lesson comes with recommended tactics and practical “Take Action!” tips for implementing it, so there are literally hundreds of pieces of must-know, time-tested advice here. The chapters are self-contained, so you can read them in any order and come back to the ones that resonate with you—your own Vital Few! This is a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to leadership practice that's built to inspire action, drive change, and achieve results.
Hacking Leadership offers a fresh perspective thatmakes it easy for leaders to create a roadmap to identify, refine,develop, and achieve their leadership potential--and to create amore effective business that is financially solvent andprofessionally desirable.
But there are those rare souls who are excellent bosses, who achieve great results while retaining their staff’s loyalty, affection, and exemplary performance. Who are these elite performers—these Superstar leaders? And how can you become one?
Superstar Leadership identifies key habits of the best and worst bosses. This 31-day book uses nine key performance drivers to evaluate and help leaders quickly increase results and sustain them. Each evaluation and activity hones your leadership skills, transforming you into a Superstar leader.
Do you want to earn more money for your company? Electrify your department? Increase customer loyalty, sales, and productivity while simultaneously decreasing turnover, improving innovation, and having fun? Superstar Leadership will show you how.
You will learn:
Why 50 percent of managers fail, and how to avoid being one of them
Seven keys to employee motivation
The high-performance formula that will catapult your career success
The nine strategies of a Superstar leader
How to create a high-performing team and exceed your goals
And much more!
You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character. Time and again, we’ve seen that truth play out, as once-thriving organizations falter and fail under the guidance of leaders behaving badly. Why, then, do so many executives remain skeptical about the true value of leadership character? A winning strategy and a sound business model are what really matter, they argue; character is just the icing on the cake.
What’s been missing from this debate is hard evidence: data that shows not only that leadership character matters for organizational success, but how it matters; and concrete evidence that it leads to better business results. Now, in this groundbreaking book, respected leadership researcher, adviser, and author Fred Kiel offers that evidence—solid data that demonstrates the connection between character, leadership excellence, and organizational results.
After seven years of rigorous research based on a landmark study of more than 100 CEOs and over 8,000 of their employees’ observations, Kiel’s findings show that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the ROA for their organizations as did leaders of weak character.
Return on Character goes on to reveal:
• How leadership character is formed, how it creates value, and how that value spreads throughout the organization
• How low-character leaders undermine the success of even the best business plans
• How leaders at any level can develop the habits of strong character and “unlearn” the habits of poor character
The book also provides a character-building methodology—step-by-step advice and techniques for assessing your own character habits and improving your performance and that of your organization.
Return on Character provides the blueprint for building your own leadership character and creating a character-driven organization that achieves superior business results.
Now, for the first time, you can have access to the Army'ssuccessful leadership philosophy and the principles that areoutlined in Be Know Do the official Army Leadership Manual.Be Know Do makes this critical information available tocivilian leaders in all sectors--business, government, andnonprofit--and gives them the guidelines they need to create anorganization where leadership thrives.
In his landmark book, Good to Great, Jim Collins showed that one of two key traits defined leaders who transformed organizations from good to great: humility. But if humility is so powerful, why don't more of us have it? Why does ego allow us to reach good results but never great ones, unless balanced by humility? Why do we need ego to personally succeed, while having it often interferes with the success we pursue? Using five years of exhaustive research, Marcum and Smith provide compelling evidence and matter-of-fact answers on striking the balance between ego and humility to reach the next level of leadership. The authors include case studies to illustrate how ego subtly interferes with success but also how ego sparks the drive to achieve, the nerve to try something new, and the tenacity to conquer adversity.
We all have moments when ego costs us everything from an honest conversation to a job or promotion. Through cross-disciplinary research, egonomics reveals how to detect four early warning signs that ego is becoming a liability, including how:
• being too competitive makes you less competitive
• defending ideas turns into defending yourself
• winning ideas can be halted by the creator's own intelligence and talent
• desiring respect and recognition can interfere with success
With a clear focus on elevating the way you do business, egonomics is a liberating approach to becoming a rare and respected leader.
In Crucibles of Leadership, Robert J. Thomas concludes that what matters most is what one makes of experience, particularly the traumatic and often unplanned crucible events that challenge one's identity as a leader. What distinguishes leaders who grow through a crucible experience? Their approach to learning. Like accomplished athletes or artists, they practice as strenuously as they perform. And because the line between performance and practice is often hard to discern, they learn how to practice while they perform.
But theirs is no ordinary practice. It's a regimen tailored to individual aspirations, motivations, and learning styles--a Personal Learning Strategy. Building on insightful and moving stories told by accomplished leaders, Thomas offers probing self-assessments and innovative tools designed to help you develop your own Personal Learning Strategy.
Provocative and original, with examples drawn from business and politics as well as from the inner workings of the Mormon Church and the Hell's Angels, Thomas's book will revolutionize the way you think about leadership and learning.
—JIM KOUZES & BARRY POSNER, authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge®
Praise for The Work of Leaders
"The Work of Leaders is a bright gem of a book. In a crystal clear and to-the-point style, the authors make leadership instantly accessible with a memorable model, rock solid fundamentals, original research, compelling stories, and highly practical tips for putting the principles to immediate use. There are invaluable lessons on every page, and you'll enjoy discovering each one. We highly recommend The Work of Leaders to anyone who aspires to make extraordinary things happen in organizations."
—JIM KOUZES & BARRY POSNER, authors of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge®
"Clear, distinctive, intuitive, and deeply researched, The Work of Leaders gives every reader not only several 'a-ha!' moments, but smart, meaningful suggestions for changing the way we all lead."
—ELAINE BIECH, author of The Business of Consulting
"The authors have indeed done their homework! Their combined expertise and engaging writing gives their readers a one-stop shop for understanding and improving the way we lead. Bravo!"
—BEVERLY KAYE, coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em
"The Work of Leaders shows you how to create a thriving organization by setting a vision and then collaborating with your people to guide your company to success. It is the strategic tool you need to move your business forward, with imaginative writing and a practical approach you can use right away."
—TOM MCKEE, CEO, The Ken Blanchard Companies
"Anyone who is in a leadership position or is responsible for evaluating leaders should make this book a must-read. Collectively, the book's authors are unique in their knowledge, background and ability, which is what distinguishes this great piece of work from others of its kind."
—SIDNEY FELTENSTEIN, former CEO, Yorkshire Global Restaurants
The ability to make sound and timely decisions is the mark of agood leader. But when leaders with otherwise strong track recordssuddenly begin making poor decisions-as seen in the recentcorporate scandals that rocked the business world-the impact can bewidespread. In The Stress Effect, leadership expert Henry L.Thompson argues that stress is often the real culprit behind thisleadership failure: when leaders' stress levels become sufficientlyelevated-whether in the boardroom or on the front line of amanufacturing process-their ability to effectively use theiremotional intelligence and cognitive ability in tandem to make wisedecisions is significantly impaired. Until now, experts have arguedthat increasing your emotional intelligence will help you cope withand manage stress. This book suggests that stress actuallyblocks access to your emotional intelligence as well as yourcognitive ability, two critical components in the decision-makingprocess. This book
A groundbreaking and insightful resource for leaders, TheStress Effect reopens the dialogue on stress, its effect ondecision making, and what to do about it.
Business needs great leaders. Of all the skills a top performer can master, this may be the most important.
The Top Performer's Guide to Leadership is your essential leadership handbook, giving you the tools and techniques you need to become an authentic, influential leader and come out on top. Discover:
--How to inspire and get results
--Why integrity is essential to leadership
--Tools for developing a clear and powerful vision
--What qualities people look for in leaders
--How to transform conflict into growth
--Tips for mentoring and empowering others
Top performers know that leadership is key to success. You are just a short read away from mastering this essential skill.
The 5 Levels of Leadership are:
1. Position - People follow because they have to.
2. Permission - People follow because they want to.
3. Production - People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
4. People Development - People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
5. Pinnacle - People follow because of who you are and what you represent.
Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.
How to Lead Others aims to convey the basics of leadership in a way that is concise, relevant and practical by breaking down leadership into eight simple lessons:
· Defining the task;
· Effective planning;
· Evaluating; and
· Leading by example.
Aimed at those who, regardless of industry or business sector, are about take their first steps on the leadership path, or who are at an early stage in their career and realise that leadership responsibilities lie ahead of them, How to Lead Others is the essential handbook to one of the most important and challenging aspects of professional life.
A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.
Lead Positive takes the fundamentals of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) and turns them into a playbook for successful leadership. ABT is a simple mindset management process that shows people how to make small shifts in perception and thinking to achieve great results. Cramer shows leaders how to apply ABT to shift their attention away from what is negative and learn to intentionally shine the spotlight on the positive, beneficial facts of a situation. As they make this mental shift from negative to positive aspects, they improve their optimism, empathy, and confidence. When their mindset zooms in on what is strong, valuable, and possible, what they say and do is far more likely to inspire others to action. In short, ABT helps leaders shift internally so they can excel externally. Lead Positive weaves neuroscience and positive psychology to create effective leadership strategies.
The Leadership Challenge is the gold-standard manual for effective leadership, grounded in research and written by the premier authorities in the field. With deep insight into the complex interpersonal dynamics of the workplace, this book positions leadership both as a skill to be learned, and as a relationship that must be nurtured to reach its full potential. This new sixth edition has been revised to address current challenges, and includes more international examples and a laser focus on business issues; you'll learn how extraordinary leaders accomplish extraordinary things, and how to develop your leadership skills and style to deliver quality results every time. Engaging stories delve into the fundamental roles that great leaders fulfill, and simple frameworks provide a primer for those who seek continuous improvement; by internalizing key insights and putting concepts into action, you'll become a more effective, more impactful leader.
A good leader gets things done; a great leader aspires, inspires, and achieves more. This book highlights the differences between good and great, and shows you how to bridge the chasm between getting things done and making things happen.Gain deep insight into leadership's critical role in organizational healthNavigate the shift toward team-oriented work relationshipsMotivate and inspire to break through the pervasive new cynicismLeverage the electronic global village to deliver better results
Business is evolving at an increasingly rapid rate, and leaders must keep pace with the changes or risk stagnation. People work differently, are motivated differently, and have different expectations today—business as usual is quickly losing its effectiveness. The Leadership Challenge helps you stay current, relevant, and effective in the modern workplace.
Certainly, leaders need people skills, execution skills, a deep knowledge of industry trends, the ability to articulate a vision, and more—they must be competent—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What’s below the waterline? What’s deep inside the best leaders that makes them different?
Mark Miller contends it is their leadership character. In his latest enlightening and entertaining business fable, he describes the five unique character traits exhibited by exceptional leaders and how to cultivate them.
The Heart of Leadership begins with young and ambitious Blake Brown being passed over for a desperately wanted promotion, despite an outstanding individual performance. Confused and frustrated, he turns to his former mentor, Debbie Brewster. Rather than attempting to solve Blake’s problem for him, she sends him on a quest to meet with five of his late father’s colleagues, each of whom holds a piece of the puzzle he’s trying to solve.
As Blake puts the pieces together, he discovers that in the final analysis, a lack of skills isn’t what holds most leaders back; skills are too easy to learn. Without demonstrated leadership character, however, a skill set will never be enough. Most often, when leaders fail to reach their full potential, it is an issue of the heart. This is Blake’s ultimate revelation.
This book shows us that leadership needn’t be the purview of the few—it is within reach for millions around the world. The Heart of Leadership is a road map for every person who desires to make a difference in the lives of others and become a leader people want to follow.
"Jay Alden Conger and Ronald Riggio have brought together agalaxy of sophisticated yet practical experts on leadership,stressing both the complexity and indispensability of bothtransactional and transforming leadership, with the blessing of thepioneering student of leadership, Bernie Bass."
—James MacGregor Burns, professor emeritus, Willams College,and Pulitzer Prize winner
In this absorbing tale, you watch the timeless principles of servant leadership unfold through the story of John Daily, a businessman whose outwardly successful life is spiraling out of control. He is failing miserably in each of his leadership roles as boss, husband, father, and coach. To get his life back on track, he reluctantly attends a weeklong leadership retreat at a remote Benedictine monastery.
To John's surprise, the monk leading the seminar is a former business executive and Wall Street legend. Taking John under his wing, the monk guides him to a realization that is simple yet profound: The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice.
Along with John, you will learn that the principles in this book are neither new nor complex. They don't demand special talents; they are simply based on strengthening the bonds of respect, responsibility, and caring with the people around you. The Servant's message can be applied by anyone, anywhere—at home or at work.
If you are tired of books that lecture instead of teach; if you are searching for ways to improve your leadership skills; if you want to understand the timeless virtues that lead to lasting and meaningful success, then this book is one you cannot afford to miss.
In these turbulent times, when the very foundations oforganizations and societies are shaken, leaders need to move beyondpessimistic predictions, trendy fads, and simplistic solutions.They need to turn to what's real and what's proven. In theirengaging, personal, and bold new book, Kouzes and Posner reveal tentime-tested truths that show what every leader must know, thequestions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-worldissues they will likely face.Based on thirty years of research, more than one millionresponses to Kouzes and Posner's leadership assessment, and thequestions people most want leaders to answerExplores the fundamental, enduring truths of leadership thathold constant regardless of context or circumstance-leaders make adifference, credibility, values, trust, leading by example, heart,and moreShows emerging leaders what they need to know to be effective;fans of The Leadership Challenge will find a dynamic newlook at the real challenges leaders face today
Drawing from cases spanning three generations of leaders fromaround the world, this is a book leaders can use to do their realand necessary work-bringing about the essential changes that willrenew organizations and communities.
In addition to Jim and Barry’s foundational wisdom, thebook brings together five leaders who reflect on the Five Practicesfrom a Christian perspective. John C. Maxwell, DavidMcAllister-Wilson, Patrick Lencioni, Nancy Ortberg, and KenBlanchard share insights and stories culled from personalexperience and the lives of other Christian leaders who haveaccomplished extraordinary things in churches, communities,classrooms, and corporations. Their thoughtful reflections onthe role of faith in leadership will propel leaders and aspiringleaders
Barry Banther knows how to equip you for today’s business world because he knows what lasting leadership is made of. He has identified five qualities that aren’t things leaders have; rather, they are things they give away freely and frequently to everyone they lead in the workplace. By embracing and demonstrating the five qualities expounded in this book, you will become a leader who brings out the best in your associates, whether you’re a new manager or you occupy a C-suite office.
Banther consults with and trains the teams of CEOs of family-owned as well as Fortune 100 companies. He has been the lead consultant on more than 400 leadership development engagements and has written 50-plus leadership training programs that are used by companies worldwide. After a career in broadcasting and, later, teaching and administration at the college level, Banther served three Florida governors as their appointee to oversee private higher education and was elected to an unprecedented three terms as chairman of the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Having learned the hard way—caring about numbers rather than people—Banther can tell you with confidence that when leaders put others first they themselves become more valuable to their team and their company than any authority or job title could ever mandate! That’s also the best way to grow your bottom line: deploy the right people with the right skills at the right time to create loyal and repeat customers!
How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing usescompelling, contemporary examples to show how more complex thinkingis the key to better leadership. Leaders who understand what'sgoing on around them see what they need to do to achieve theresults they want. Bolman and Deal's influential four-frame modelof leadership and organizations—developed in theirbestselling book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry Choice andLeadership—offers leaders an accessible guide forunderstanding four major aspects of organizational life: structure,people, politics, and culture. Tapping into the complexity enablesleaders to decode the messy world in which they live, see moreoptions, tell better stories, and find strategies that are moreeffective. Case examples of leaders like Jeff Bezos at Amazon,Howard Schultz at Starbucks, Tony Hsieh at Zappos, Ursula Burns atXerox, and the late Steve Jobs at Apple provide concrete lessonsthat readers can put to use in their own leadership. The book'slessons include:How to use structural tools to organize teams and organizationsfor better resultsHow to build motivation and morale by aligning organizationsand peopleHow to map the terrain and build a power base to navigate thepolitical dynamics in organizationsHow to develop a leadership story that shapes culture, providesdirection, and inspires commitment to excellence
*provides the reader with a broader and deeper understanding of what constitutes authentic leadership development;
*challenges a very basic notion that leaders are born versus made;
*talks about the elements that comprise leadership development so readers are informed to ask the many providers of leadership development the right questions; and
*develops full leadership potential.
There are numerous case examples used throughout the book: high-tech executives, community leaders, correctional service supervisors, bank managers in Canada, and platoon commanders in Israel. Each example is used as a general basis for discussing how people develop their leadership potential, and as models of training and evaluation.
Leadership Development in Balance: MADE/Born is intended for graduate or undergraduate students of leadership, project managers, supervisors, senior executives, school principles, health care officers, or legislators.
The Best Damn Management Book Ever teaches managers,executives, and business owners how to create a staff ofself-motivated, confident, high-achieving, self-starters. Acclaimedauthor of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever, Warren Greshesdraws from years of experience to offer practical,easy-to-implement steps explained through entertaining, informativereal-life stories.
Learn to communicate more effectively with the people who reportto you. The Best Damn Management Book Ever deliversactionable advice to hone your leadership skills.Install the self-starting generator in your people, enablingthem to perform at a high level whether you're there or notGain insight and determine each employee's "Hot Buttons" andmotivatorsCorrectly manage the three distinct groups that comprise everyorganizationDelegate more effectivelyUse your time as a manager, executive, and business owner moreefficiently
Become the best damn leader your staff needs to achieve theirgoals and blow away the competition.
Through the stories of a number of unsung heroes, Sanborn reveals the keys each one of us can use to improve our organizations and enhance our careers.
Genuine leadership – leadership with a “little l”, as he puts it, is not conferred by a title, or limited to the executive suite. Rather, it is shown through our everyday actions and the way we influence the lives of those around us. Among the qualities that genuine leaders share:
• Acting with purpose rather than getting bogged down by mindless activity
• Caring about and listening to others
• Looking for ways to encourage the contributions and development of others rather than focusing solely on personal achievements
• Creating a legacy of accomplishment and contribution in everything they do
As readers across the country discovered in The Fred Factor, Mark Sanborn has an unparalleled ability to explain fundamental business and leadership truths through simple stories and anecdotes. You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader offers an inspiring message to anyone who wants to take control of their life and make a positive difference.
From the Hardcover edition.
Most of us are eager to achieve success in life. But are we really sure what actions yield true, lasting success? Do you KNOW that you're taking steps in the right direction?
Success is different for every person. But the principles for the journey don't change. In Success 101, John Maxwell distills success down to its essential components. In this short and easy-to-read volume, he shows you exactly what success looks like. He also offers specific steps you can take and ways you can overcome obstacles that might otherwise keep you from achieving success.
Success breeds success—in you, in those closest to you, and in everyone you lead.
Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities?
By the time it finally disappeared, it’s likely no one even noticed.
What happened? The “whirlwind” of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow! The 4 Disciplines of Execution can change all that forever.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following The 4 Disciplines:
• Focusing on the Wildly Important
• Acting on Lead Measures
• Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard
• Creating a Cadence of Accountability
leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.
4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results—regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate. Simply put, this is one book that no business leader can afford to miss.
Jocelyn Davis takes you on an in-depth tour of the best leadership ideas of the past 25 centuries, featuring classic authors from Plato to Winston Churchill, Shakespeare to Jane Austen, C.G. Jung to Peter Drucker, and many more. In a style both thought provoking and entertaining, she shows how -history?s great writers have always been, and still are, the real leadership gurus.
Davis spells out the behaviors that distinguish true leaders from misleaders and covers 20 specific leadership topics, including:
Leadership Traps (Shakespeare)
Dilemmas (Madison, Hamilton)
Communication (Lincoln, Pericles)
Personality Types (Jung)
Judgment (Maupassant, Melville, Austen, Shaw)
Character (Churchill, Plutarch, Shelley, Joyce)
Each chapter begins with a synopsis of a great work by the author and then draws out the key leadership insights, weaving them together with business examples, the best contemporary research, and tools to help put it all into practice. In the last two chapters Davis presents a new way to think about leadership levels, framing them in terms of the impact you have rather than the title on your business card.
Whether you?re a recent graduate or MBA searching for something more inspiring than the standard textbook, a new manager looking for something deeper than the typical how-to book, or an experienced executive seeking ideas to lift you to the next level, this remarkably readable and practical guide will set you on the road to becoming a great leader.
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this book shows how one leader can effectively change the entire workplace environment-- for the better.
Topics addressed include:The 10 Keys to Workplace Excellence.The 11 Stupid Things Managers Do to Mess Up Workplace Excellence.76 Strategies to Effectively Lead and Engage Employees.
Timely and accessible, The Only Leadership Book You’ll Ever Need is an essential book for every executive and manager.
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.