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Below are books you can use to increase your ability to delegate tasks, inspire others, communicate effectively, and take initiative.
The Deep Change Field Guide by How to realize your own leadership potential Based on the bestselling book, Deep Change, The Deep Change Field Guide takes readers through the introspective journey of personal transformation. The field guide streamlines, updates, and augments the content of the original book into an interactive self-teaching course that helps readers learn how to become powerful agents of change. Learning tools include reflection questions, film assignments, and action plans that help readers think about the concepts in terms of their own situations, and identify actions to embody the concepts in their lives. The field guide has been carefully designed so that individual learners can gain the same benefits that students have long enjoyed in the author′s courses, and the learning tools also lend themselves to both the academic and professional classroom. Complements to Robert Quinn′s bestselling book Deep Change Includes exercise, reflective questions, and worksheets throughout Provides reader with a "self-help" guide to overcoming the personal and professional obstacles that prevent transformational leadership For anyone who yearns to be an internally driven leader, to motivate the people around them, and develop a satisfying work life, The Deep Change Field Guide holds the key.
The Finch Effect by Evolve your work strategy and thrive in today's high-pressure economy As Darwin famously observed, the beaks of each generation of Galapagos Island finches change to accommodate shifting food resources, allowing the birds to survive by adapting their capabilities to the new environment. Today's business people should take note: In the post-crisis economy, traditional career strategies spell professional extinction, but the fluid new "gig economy" offers tremendous potential for anyone willing to adapt. Based on her popular blog and drawing on her leadership development experience, Nacie Carson explains what it takes to make it in today's world of work. Outlines and explains five steps for ensuring professional success: adopt a gig mindset; identify your value; cultivate your skills; nurture your social network; and harness your entrepreneurial energy Builds on Carson's experience as a popular blogger on Portfolio.com and author of the popular website The Life Uncommon (thelifeuncommon.net) Features a Foreword from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark The Finch Effect offers the information professionals need to earn big, achieve their potential, and remain at the top of the work food chain.
The First 90 Days by Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors The world's most trusted guide for leaders in transition Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success. In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Michael D. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions--no matter where you are in your career. Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions and adviser to senior leaders in all types of organizations, also addresses today's increasingly demanding professional landscape, where managers face not only more frequent transitions but also steeper expectations once they step into their new jobs. By walking you through every aspect of the transition scenario, Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and provides the tools and strategies you need to avoid them. You'll learn how to secure critical early wins, an important first step in establishing yourself in your new role. Each chapter also includes checklists, practical tools, and self-assessments to help you assimilate key lessons and apply them to your own situation. Whether you're starting a new job, being promoted from within, embarking on an overseas assignment, or being tapped as CEO, how you manage your transition will determine whether you succeed or fail. Use this book as your trusted guide.
How Women Lead by Why women make great business leaders-and proven tools they can use to get on a leadership track and accelerate their career *Provides a research-based explanation on why women are well-suited to lead in business today-which places a high premium on communication and collaboration-and helps women integrate their leadership strengths with business acumen *Despite major gains for women in business, men still hold the majority of top positions and earn more money; this book provides the insight and tools woman can use to overcome this gap *The authors are active speakers, educators, writers, trainers, and researchers on women's leadership issues
Intelligent Leadership by In today's business environment, leaders at all levels are facing enormous challenges when it comes to achieving and sustaining breakthrough operating results. Globalization, economic change, more stringent regulation, and tougher governance make realizing shareholder value increasingly difficult. Intelligent Leadership is written for leaders who want to become more effective, strategic, operationally focused, and balanced. It is for leaders who are striving to take control of their destiny and become the best they can be. In this groundbreaking book, leadership coach John Mattone--recently named to the "guru radar" by the prestigious Thinkers50--taps into his years of experience working with high-achieving professionals to give readers a roadmap for developing and mastering their executive maturity. Supplying three unique tools--the Wheel of Leadership Success, Map of Leadership Maturity, and the Leadership Enneagram--the book helps readers calibrate their abilities so they can simultaneously focus on their strengths and address their weaknesses. The goal is to improve key tactical competencies (such as critical and strategic thinking, decision-making, talent and team leadership, and communication) and integrate them with equally important inner traits like values, character, and beliefs in order to achieve their leadership potential. Featuring best practices, authoritative research, practical assessments, and enlightening examples of both good and bad leadership, this book equips readers with the knowledge, skills, and passion they need to become the leaders they were meant to be.
The Manager's Communication Toolbox by Managers have a lot to handle. Many responsibilities involve working with people and require excellent communication skills. Drawn from seasoned managers, these tools will improve any manager's day-to-day interactions. Learn to be proactive instead of reactive, and turn all managerial duties into experiences that work best for everyone involved.
The Opposable Mind by If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you'll likely be terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is different. Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage in what Martin calls integrative thinking creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions including: What are the causal relationships at work here? and What are the implied trade-offs? Martin also presents a model for strengthening your integrative thinking skills by drawing on different kinds of knowledge including conceptual and experiential knowledge. Integrative thinking can be learned, and The Opposable Mind helps you master this vital skill.
Self-Coaching Leadership by Generally, leadership is about influencing people to make big things happen. Management is a process of organizing people to get things done. They are different skills, but equally critical to success in today s workplace. The key is to know which approach works best in which situation. Written in a clear, simple style, Self-Coaching Leadership redefines and demystifies the journey to leadership. Angus McLeod s no-nonsense thinking, straightforward approach and practical tools enable readers to more easily identify when a leader is needed - and coach themselves toward improved influence, performance and effectiveness.
Women Lead by Women are taking the lead in today's workforce. They hold half of America's jobs, 51% of supervisory and managerial positions, and nearly 60% of all college degrees. A woman starts a business in the U.S. every 60 seconds. Without women, the U.S. economy would be 25% smaller than it is today. Women Lead is an in-depth examination of women's role in today's workplace. Drawing on interviews with nearly 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3000 male and female managers, the book explains 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.
The Work of Managers by Managers are significant actors in contemporary organizations and yet there is very little deep-level analysis of what managers do, and how they understand their managerial selves and social situations. Instead of evaluating management techniques according to their internal logic andsystematic qualities, this book advances the 'practice perspective', using behaviour and activities of successful, experienced, and skilled managers as the primary data for theorizing good management.In this book, academics review classic literature on managerial work, discuss methodological and theoretical approaches, and present empirical studies on various kinds of managers at different levels of organizations, in different roles, and different sectors, from construction site managers andCEOs of large companies to university vice chancellors and front-line health care managers. It makes the case for studies of managerial work that look beyond the rational and ordered world to the challenges presented by, inter alia, work and information overload, complexity, performance pressures,unintended consequences, and irreconcilable expectations.
Leadership: All You Need to Know 2nd Edition by Ifyou only read one book on leadership this year, make it this one! Leadershipexperts David Pendleton and Adrian Furnham present an innovative model forleadership success in a turbulent world. When times are hard, leadership makes the greatest difference. This thoroughlyupdated second edition shows how to make the kind of difference that allorganizations, both public and private sector, want and need. Early chaptersshow the powerful effect leadership can have on organizations; subsequentchapters present new ideas that are elegantly simple, conceptually coherent andradically different, based on the best research in the field. The ideas in thisbook have also been tested in major multinational organizations over recentyears. The aim is to provide leaders and those who work with them with apractical guide to how to increase the effectiveness of leadership in anyorganization.
Managing Leadership Stress by Everyone experiences stress, and leaders face the additional stress brought about by the unique demands of leadership: having to make decisions with limited information, to manage conflict, to do more with less . . . and faster! The consequences of stress can include health problems and deteriorating relationships. Knowing what signs of stress to look for and having a strategy for increasing your resources will help you manage leadership stress and be more effective over a long career. Table of Contents The Stress of Leadership 7 Why Is Leadership Stressful? 8 Stress Assessment 13 When Stress Is Who, Not What 17 Handling Your Leadership Stress 20 Less Stress, Better Leadership 28 Suggested Readings 29 Background 29 Key Point Summary 31
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