This book has been more than a quarter century in the making. As I reflect back, it seems my entire adult life has been focused on capturing, processing, practicing, and sharing the leadership information contained in the following pages. And while I wrote the book—it’s my name on the cover—there are so many others who share direct or indirect responsibility for its publication that to not name them would be a travesty. Though I realize many readers skip the Acknowledgments section of a book, I can’t. There are just too many people who deserve recognition, and I want to acknowledge them here.
It’s a real honor to have this second opportunity to produce a book with the capable professionals at John Wiley & Sons in Hoboken, New Jersey. Wiley folks are truly a team, with many, many individuals playing a role of some sort in bringing this book to you. I have appreciated and benefited from the advice and enthusiastic assurances offered by senior editorial assistant Lydia Dimitriadis, senior production editor Deborah Schindlar, marketing manager Peter Knox, and publicist Amy Packard.
This project was initiated during a friendly exchange with Wiley Vice President and Publisher Matt Holt in an Indianapolis hotel lobby during the summer of 2012. That one conversation was all it took to get the ball rolling on what would quickly become Leaders Ought to Know, the book. From then until now, Matt has been solidly behind the project, never wavering in his support. Matt’s a good ...