Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

Synopsis

Leadershipnow.com / The Best Leadership Books of 2008 Taking over the top job, whether it's the CEO of a company or the manager of a department, is never easy. When done the right way, it results in inspired leadership; when done the wrong way, it can lead to disaster. To be effective, the people in charge must give their team a reason to believe in their talents and their ability to get people to work together. Great leadership requires decisiveness, authority, conviction, compassion, and, most important, the ability to set the right example. It would seem easy, but it takes a lifetime of trying to put it into practice. In Lead by Example, recognized leadership guru John Baldoni reveals the traits and abilities leaders need to know to inspire others to follow them. Readers will learn how to: listen for ideas
• manage around obstacles
• defuse tension
• check their egos
• stand up for what they believe in
• manage crises
• develop team confidence
• recruit good people
• deliver bad news
• handle defeat
• engage their enemies Filled with examples of visionary leaders who have overcome their shortcomings and achieved greatness, Lead by Example will show readers how to build trust, drive results, and win the respect of the people they lead.

Excerpt

“Leadership must be based on goodwill… the obvious and
wholehearted commitment to helping followers… What we need
for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in
effect, do away with the need of their jobs… Strange as it sounds,
great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”
—Admiral James B. Stockdale

Taking over the top job, be it team leader or ceo, is never easy.

When it is done the right way, we call it leadership; when it is done the wrong way, we call it a disaster. It falls to the person in charge to give people a reason to believe in that person’s talents and ability to get people to work together.

Leaders are those who make good things happen. One of the best ways they do it is by giving people a reason to believe and to follow. That’s simple and easy to say, but it takes a lifetime of trying to put into practice. There are no shortcuts, but there are signposts. the job of a manager is to get the system running; it is the job of the leader to turn on the system, and, more especially, to get others to turn it on. There are four ways to do this:

1. Set the right example. Our concept of a leader may be shaped in part by
the nineteenth century model of a cavalry officer. This person earned his
position because he could outride, outshoot, and outdrink every man in
his regiment, not to mention outcharm all the ladies. There is a germ of
truth in the cavalry officer’s approach to leadership, and that is capabil-

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