Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings
by: Aviva Publishing
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
There is a problem in today’s developing leaders-they think they need to be someone they are not to get what they want. In short, none of us is perfect, and when we pretend to be, people quit listening to us. Instead, we need to focus on trying to connect with others. Leading Imperfectly is full of examples for how to make those connections. The book is divided into a series of short, often humorous, and always insightful essays filled with real-life stories from James’ own life. The through line for the book is the significance of practicing authentic leadership. The essays discuss topics such as realizing our story has value, the importance of love in leadership, how to prevent over-committing because you can’t be everything to everyone, realizing you don’t have all the answers, and some practical advice about the importance of valuing the time we have and giving that time to the most important people in our lives. James also challenges us to look at the lies we tell ourselves that hold us back in life, and to learn how to listen to others so they will listen to us. James’ humor provides comic relief in the middle of some of the more serious stories, but the humor always makes his examples hit home and keeps his stories memorable. Readers will appreciate that while he speaks as someone who has had success in life, his leadership background is not that of the typical leader who writes leadership books-he’s not a former company CEO or a famous athlete-and that makes his points stand out all the more. Educators, business professionals, student leaders, and others will find this book to be introspective, validating, and motivational. Most importantly they will take away that their story is good enough. Check out Leading Imperfectly. Between the chuckles, there’s quite a bit of wisdom that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.
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Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results
by: Career Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 60 reviews
Every employee is different, but unfortunately many leaders use a one-size-fits-all approach to leading. In doing so, these otherwise well-intentioned leaders are working harder than they should while not getting all they could out of their teams.
Lead Inside the Box gives leaders a way to get the best out of their teams by focusing their energy where it will make the biggest difference. It teaches leaders how to:
Figure out where they are currently investing their time and energy across their teams
Identify the unique leadership needs of each team member
Make smarter decisions about how and where to invest their time and energy to get the best results out of everyone
Through simple frameworks brought to life with stories from the trenches, leaders will be able to see their own teams–and themselves–from a new perspective. Paradoxically these methods will enable leaders to improve their team’s performance exponentially while expending half the effort.
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