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Seven Disciplines of A Leader

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Recognize, develop, and embody great leadership

Seven Disciplines of A Leader is a comprehensive manual for building better leaders. Author and executive coach Jeff Wolf is a respected authority on leadership, and his strategies and inspiration have fostered dramatic growth in some of the nation's top companies. In this book, he shares the secrets of great leadership to help readers align professional development and exemplify these traits themselves. Each of the Disciplines is valuable on its own, but together they add up to more than a sum of their parts, and work synergistically to propel leaders to higher and higher effectiveness and companies to better and better business. From initiative, to planning, to community service, readers will gain deep insight into what separates the good from the great, and how organizations can nurture these qualities in their employees with leadership potential.

A good leader gets results, but a great leader inspires every single member of the team to reach their utmost potential every single time. A great leader makes everyone shine, and provides the vision, the tools, and the support people need to do their very best work. This book describes how it's done, and how greatness can be learned.

  • Discover the traits that make leaders great

  • Align leadership development training to maximize potential

  • Foster the right attitudes and behaviors for better outcomes

  • Build a culture of sustainable success that permeates the organization

  • Individual achievement is great, but fostering a culture of achievement sends business into the future on an upward trajectory. It's more than just a single inspired employee; it's about recognizing the signs of potential leadership and nurturing them to fruition throughout the organization. Seven Disciplines of A Leader is the field guide to great leadership.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. Introduction: What Makes Certain Leaders Highly Effective?
      1. A New Generation of Highly Effective Leaders
      2. This Book Is Designed to Boost Your Leadership Effectiveness
      3. Proven Process for Developing Highly Effective Leaders
    7. I: The Nature of Highly Effective Leadership
      1. Chapter 1: Welcome to Leadership
        1. The Need for Leadership Is Greater Now Than Ever Before
        2. Real Life, Real Lessons
        3. Secret Ingredient: People
        4. Jim Gets It Done the Right Way
        5. The Inevitable Result of Failing to Take Responsibility
        6. Finger-Pointing
        7. Leading in Uncertain Times
        8. Helen Gets It Right
      2. Chapter 2: Who Said It Would Be Easy?
        1. Five Fundamental Goals of Highly Effective Leaders
        2. What's Wrong with Being Right?
        3. Zoe Learns an Important Lesson from Her Boss, Stan
        4. Fear of Failure Is Dangerous to Your Job Health
        5. Bob's Short and Unhappy Career
      3. Chapter 3: Principles of Effective Leadership
        1. How to Make Things Happen
        2. Grumbling George
        3. Attitude Is Everything
        4. Show Vulnerability
        5. What I Learned from the Father of Professional Speaking
        6. Highly Effective Leaders Build on a Foundation of Honesty and Integrity
        7. Seven Deadly Leadership Sins
        8. Pride and Envy Bring Millie Down
      4. Chapter 4: Disciplines and Practices of Highly Effective Leaders
        1. New Paradigm of Discipline: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
        2. The Necessary Foundation of Discipline
        3. Daily Discipline Activities
        4. Why Be Disciplined?
        5. Jimmy Corrects a Problem
        6. Talent or Hard Work?
        7. Deliberate Practice: 10,000 Hours or 10 Years
        8. Three Disciplines of Highly Effective Leaders
        9. Deliberate Practice
        10. Tom Receives Feedback
    8. II: Seven Disciplines
      1. Chapter 5: Discipline 1: Initiative and Influence
        1. Simply No Substitute for Honesty
        2. Mary Ellen and Jane Part Company
        3. Innovation
        4. Meet Clarice Turner, Innovator
        5. More Lessons from the Restaurant Industry
        6. Make an Emotional Connection
        7. Borrow from Your Competitors
        8. Involve Staff and Customers
      2. Chapter 6: Discipline 2: Vision, Strategy, and Alignment
        1. Melvin Takes Over as Hospital Purchasing Manager
        2. How to Share Vision
        3. Five Useful Skills
        4. Align People and Systems behind Your Vision
        5. Vision/Strategy and Alignment
        6. Searching Your Leadership Soul
        7. Sharing Your Vision
        8. Candid Communication
        9. Positively Negative
        10. Make the Mentoring Commitment
        11. Starting Off on the Right Foot
      3. Chapter 7: Discipline 3: Priorities, Planning, and Execution
        1. Judy Sees the Light
        2. Priorities, Planning, and Execution
        3. Nancy Can't Find Her Way
        4. Identifying Priorities
        5. Productive Planning Meets Effective Execution
        6. The Prophet versus Leader Paradigm
        7. Top 10 Ways to Sabotage Yourself and Your Company
      4. Chapter 8: Discipline 4: Social/Emotional/Political Intelligence
        1. Always Seek Feedback
        2. John Discovers that It's Never Too Late to Learn
        3. Emotional Intelligence/Resilience
        4. Headaches of Management
        5. Larry Becomes a Leader
      5. Chapter 9: Discipline 5: Reciprocation, Collaboration, and Service
        1. Effective Leaders Must Influence and Inspire Others
        2. The Way It Was
        3. The Brutal Way of Old
        4. The Need for Reciprocity
        5. Collaboration: The Key Ingredient
        6. Humility Will Improve Your Performance
        7. The Benefits of Community Service
      6. Chapter 10: Discipline 6: Love and Leverage
        1. Do What You Love, Love What You Do
        2. Sophie Mirman, England's Youngest Millionaire
        3. Work Passion: A New Discipline
        4. The Troubling News
        5. Passion's Nemesis
        6. Lessons from Industry Leaders
        7. Phil Recharges His Batteries
        8. The Dog Days of Work
        9. The Highly Effective Leader Passion Assessment Tool
      7. Chapter 11: Discipline 7: Renewal and Sustainability
        1. Janet Transitions from Hard-Nosed Boss to Exceptional Leader
        2. The World Is Changing: Was It Ever Not So?
    9. III: Eleven Practices of Highly Effective Leaders
      1. Chapter 12: Practice 1: Hire People Like a Casting Director
        1. Roger Makes His First Hiring Decision
        2. Casting: Hire Smart
        3. Attract the Best People
        4. Take Three Key Steps
        5. Pat's Hiring Policy Fails
        6. Hire for Attitude
        7. Santiago Succeeds Despite an Early Failure
        8. A TV Executive Makes a Hiring Mistake
        9. Eight Hiring Guidelines
      2. Chapter 13: Practice 2: Never Stop Developing People
        1. The Necessity of Ongoing Training
        2. Training: My Story—A Game That Came Down to One Play
        3. Train to Retain
        4. Empowering People
        5. Jonathan Delegates
        6. Poor Leaders
        7. Effective Leadership Development
        8. Nurturing Growth
        9. Empower—Don't Just Dump
      3. Chapter 14: Practice 3: Understand the Value of Coaching
        1. My Father-in-Law, My Coach
        2. Three Skills of Effective Coaching
        3. The Manager They Call “Coach”
        4. Coaching People
        5. Dealing with Difficult Employees
      4. Chapter 15: Practice 4: Motivate and Inspire People
        1. All Members Have to Pull Their Weight
        2. Leaders Discuss Motivation
      5. Chapter 16: Practice 5: Master Communication
        1. Improving Communicating Ability
        2. Andrew Identifies a Key Issue in Communication
        3. Beatriz's Engaging Smile
        4. Are You Listening?
        5. Nuances of Nonverbal Communication
        6. Zachary Wings It and Loses His Audience
        7. Functions of Nonverbal Communication
        8. Improving Nonverbal Communication
        9. Lucille Slams the Door
        10. About Face
        11. Technology Conundrum
      6. Chapter 17: Practice 6: Build an Optimal Team
        1. To Build a Strong Team, Trade “Me” for “We”
        2. Six Essential Leadership Responsibilities That Build Effective Teams
        3. Fuzzy Focus
        4. Teamwork and Strong Teams
        5. Learning Teams
        6. We Are Not the Enemy
        7. Six Learning Disabilities
        8. Solution: Team Learning Discipline
        9. Team Health
        10. Four Disciplines
      7. Chapter 18: Practice 7: Deliver Excellence and Satisfy Customers
        1. The Car of My Dreams
        2. Ted Opens a New Market
        3. The Disciplines of Excellence
        4. Customer Intimacy
        5. Excellence in Customer Service
      8. Chapter 19: Practice 8: Balance Your Work and Personal Life
        1. Jack Finds the Way
        2. Work/Life Balance
        3. Barbara Burns Out
        4. Get a Life
        5. What's Important to You?
        6. Health Implications
        7. Are We Having Fun Yet?
      9. Chapter 20: Practice 9: Nurture New Leaders and Retain High Performers
        1. Identifying and Grooming High-Potential Employees
        2. Retaining High-Potential Employees
        3. The Right Work Culture Helps Retain Your Best People
        4. Appreciating Human Behavior at Work
        5. A Promising Sales Manager Leaves Her Company
        6. Workplace Harassment: The Real Deal
        7. Creating Positive Energy
        8. Homegrown Leaders
      10. Chapter 21: Practice 10: Lead Desired Change
        1. Embracing Change
        2. As Hard to Move as a Boulder
        3. Four Phases of Change
        4. Resisting Change
        5. Success Story
      11. Chapter 22: Practice 11: Manage a Multigenerational Workforce
        1. Shifting Demographics
        2. World War II Generation
        3. Baby Boom Generation
        4. Generation X
        5. Millennial Generation
        6. Bridging the Generation Gap
        7. Basic Leadership Techniques
        8. Work Arrangements and Benefits
        9. Congratulations
    10. About the Author
    11. Index
    12. End User License Agreement