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The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate Kindle Edition
From the Back Cover
The highly anticipated follow-up to thebestselling The Extraordinary Leader
The result of extensive research conducted over a four-year period, this breakthrough leadershipbook reveals the principles and behaviors top leaders use to build an emotional connection betweenthemselves and their teams.
While providing the same practical hard science approach to bring focus and value,this writing advances the practice of leadership development with new insight,new advice, and new inspiration for all of us to grow.
Kevin D. Wilde, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer,(2007 CLO of the Year), General Mills, Inc.
The Inspiring Leader provides new insights into how leaders can improve the resultsof their organization through inspiration.
Bill Blase, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources, AT&T Corp.
The real importance of this book is the clear and simple road mapit provides on how to lead in ways that release the seldom fully tappedperformance power in our organizations.
Michael A. Peel, Vice President,Human Resources and Administration, Yale University
Finally a book that provides empirical evidence that inspirationalleaders consistently produce superior results.
Kevin Rhein, Group Executive Vice President,Card Services and Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo Bank
Following the steps recommended by the authors will enhance leadership skills,influence employee engagement, and impact business results. A real winner.
Pam Poggi, Vice President,Corporate Human Resources Development, Safeway, Inc.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0025XHP3U
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (7 April 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1180 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #533,811 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
Highly recommended reading for people managers!!
The Inspiring Leader draws from this deep well of research to bring an evidence-based or hard scientific approach to the very soft issue of inspirational leadership. There are countless opinions, platitudes, theories, anecdotes, and leadership models competing for attention today. Periodically I search Amazon for an update on how many leadership books are available. Today's search shows over 50,000!
What's refreshingly unique about all of Zenger Folkman's books and services is their very powerful combination of solid research, building on strengths, and practical how-to applications. As they write in Chapter One, "this book is not a creation of ideas for how leaders inspire. Rather, it provides you with a discovery of what the best leaders around the world do to inspire and motivate others."
The Inspiring Leader emerged from Zenger Folkman's ongoing analysis of their extraordinary leader database in answer to the question "aeSo if I have to choose one thing to work on, what should it be?" A deeper look at their leadership research led to the conclusion; "that there was one leadership competency that deserved some special attention. It was 'inspires and motivates to high performance.'"
This proved to be the most powerful predictor of anyone being seen as an extraordinary leader from their empirical field of 16 leadership competencies. Tens of thousands of frontline staff and team members resoundingly identified this competency as the one they wanted most in their leader. It was also the competency most associated with high levels of employee engagement, and "consistently the most highly correlated with those employees who would recommend the organization to a friend, seldom thought about leaving, and were willing to go the extra mile."
As the Zenger Folkman team sifted and sliced their leadership data on inspirational leadership the identified three attributes forming the cornerstone for inspiring and motivating others: 1. Role Model; 2. Change Champion; and 3. Initiator. After showing the impact of each of these attributes, the section of the book provides a series of practical steps on behaviors and actions leaders can take to strengthen all three.
Their chapter on "Using Emotion: The DNA of Inspiration" aligns very well with the growing research on Emotional Intelligence. Once again, the authors move from insightful understanding to application. As with most of the other chapters, this one ends with bulleted and very helpful Steps to Take.
The largest part of The Inspiring Leader are chapters on six core leadership behaviors that inspire and motivate:
1. Setting stretch goals
2. Creating vision and direction
3. Communicating powerfully
4. Developing people
5. Being collaborative and a good team player
6. Fostering innovation
Each chapter explains and illustrates the leadership behavior and provides examples, keys, processes, and how-to steps. One of the final chapters on "Most Common Mistakes in Inspiring Others" is built around a top ten list of uninspirational behavior.
This is a rare gem buried in the growing pile of leadership books. Like a precious gem its value comes from its rarity. The Inspiring Leader uniquely and powerfully combines research on what the most inspiring leaders actually do, insightful examples, short, pithy, bite-sized sections in simple and very readable language, and how-to, practical steps to move you from inspiration to application. Highly recommended.