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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Leadership Fast-Track

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Written to quickly develop the reader's leadership skills, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Leadership, Fast Track is a short but rich introduction to leadership skills and how best to use them. After a brief examination of the required, but learnable, qualties, skills, and behaviors of leadership, the book takes the reader through a self-assessment. Then the tasks, strategies, and desired results of leadership are dissected-all in 160 pages!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1 Leadership: The Buck Stops Here
    1. Focusing on Values, Vision, and Mission
    2. Walking the Talk
      1. A Wink, a Nod, and a Salute
      2. Fair Is Fair
      3. Measurable Results Mount
    3. Developing Relationships
    4. Admitting Mistakes
    5. Leadership Lessons Served with Popcorn
  8. 2 Leader, Know Thyself!
    1. Getting a Grip on Personality Types
      1. Restless Drivers: Task-Oriented Extroverts
      2. Social Influencers: People-Focused Extroverts
      3. Steady Eddies: People-Focused Introverts
      4. Compliant Analytics: Task-Focused Introverts
    2. Bridging the Gaps Between Personality Types
      1. Deciphering Messages
      2. Communicating with Different Personalities
    3. Putting Communication Strategies to Work
      1. Restless Driver: Take Early Action
      2. Social Influencer: Curb Your Compassion
      3. Steady Eddie: Face Up to Conflict
      4. Compliant Analytic: Call for Backup
    4. Which Style Is Best?
  9. 3 Communication: More Than Just Talk
    1. Developing a Communication Strategy
      1. Strategic Communication Is an Effective Tool
      2. Nine Principles of Strategic Communication
    2. Cultural Awareness
      1. Know Your Audience
      2. Buy-In Begins at the Beginning
    3. Who Carries Out Your Communication Strategy?
      1. The Executive Team
      2. Supervisors
      3. The Rank-and-File
    4. Leaders Communicate Authenticity, Clarity, and Direction
      1. Making a Personal Commitment to Your Cause
      2. Loosen Up a Little
    5. Everybody Loves Face Time!
    6. Supervisors Possess Credibility as Your Surrogate
    7. Communication Is a Call-and-Response Activity
      1. Getting Feedback from Your Employees
      2. Accepting Criticism Graciously
    8. Leaders No Longer Have All the Answers—or Control
    9. Tips for Active Listening
  10. 4 Getting Eggs to Fly: Facilitating Change
    1. Get Your Ducks in a Row
    2. Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer
      1. How Much Difference Can One Person Make?
      2. Embrace Your Opposition
    3. Change Behavior to Change Attitudes
      1. Achieve Multiple Goals with a Single Strategy
      2. Reward the Results You Value Most
    4. How Do You Eat an Elephant?
    5. Make the Most of Your Existing Resources
      1. Substitute Creativity When Money Is Short
      2. Reassess and Reassign Your Assets
  11. 5 Hire Good People
    1. Creating a Culture of Constant Recruitment
      1. Keep Your Pipeline Primed
      2. Turn Your Employees into Talent Scouts
      3. Put Your Brand to Work
      4. Identify Your Prime Hunting Grounds
      5. Harness Facebook, YouTube, and More
    2. Hiring for Diversity
    3. Staying in Touch
    4. Screening Candidates
      1. Require References and Check ’Em!
      2. Prehire Testing
      3. Preparing for the Interview
      4. Checking Core Competencies
    5. On-Boarding New Employees
  12. 6 Work That Matters
    1. Meaning Is in the Mind of the Beholder
    2. Employee Engagement Is an Emotional Bond
    3. The Difference Between Engagement and Motivation
      1. To Motivate or Engage?
      2. Responsibility Lightens the Load
      3. Input Multiplies Commitment Fivefold
      4. Advancement + Growth = Achievement
      5. This “Drug” Has No Bad Effects
      6. Give Praise in a Language the Recipient “Gets”
    4. Taking the Pulse of Employee Engagement
      1. Work and Well-Being Survey
      2. Engaged Employees Make Your Business Better
  13. 7 Lead ’Em, Don’t Assault ’Em!
    1. Setting the Tone for Mutual Respect
    2. Positive Leaders Are Okay with Loose Reins of Control
      1. Create a Positive Atmosphere for Growing Success
      2. Accomplishing Change Is Easier in a Positive Climate
      3. Positive Leaders Adapt in a Crisis
      4. P.S.: Sometimes It’s Okay to Be Authoritarian
    3. Focusing on Strengths, Not Weaknesses, Enhances Success
      1. Does Everyone—or Anyone—Recognize Their Strengths?
      2. Satisfaction Is Rooted in Expertise and Achievement
    4. Enrich Jobs by Adding More Challenging Tasks
      1. Everyone Benefits When an Employee’s Expertise Grows
      2. Reward Increased Ability with More Responsibility
      3. Money Isn’t Everything, If You Have Enough to Live
  14. 8 You Can Fail But Still Prevail
    1. Adaptability and Laser Focus on Goals Save a Doomed Crew
    2. Mistakes Teach Great Lessons, If You’re Willing to Learn
      1. Expecting Perfection Sets the Stage for Failure
      2. Respond Compassionately to Honest Mistakes
    3. Acknowledging Failure Is a Strength
    4. Put Your Organization First
    5. Three Strategies for Ensuring Spectacular Failure
      1. Dirt Under the Rug Always Rises to the Surface
      2. Why Are You All Picking On Me?
      3. The Dark Side of Leadership: Company Culture Decays
      4. Employees Are Obliged to Stop a Leader Who Causes Harm
  15. 9 Building Team Leadership at Every Level
    1. A Team Isn’t Just a Group of People Working Together
    2. Teams Are More Than the Sum of Their Parts
    3. Bringing Harmony to Your C-Suite Team
      1. Assembling Your Team Based on Complementary Abilities
      2. Developing and Managing Your Executive Team
      3. A Dysfunctional Team Can Produce Sour Results
    4. Creating a Company-Wide Team-Based Structure
    5. Tap Your Organization’s Informal Teams
    6. Harley-Davidson Test-Drives Team Leadership
  16. 10 Developing Leaders of the Future
    1. Act Now! Avoid the Coming Leadership Crisis
      1. Create a Diverse Portfolio of Emerging Talent
      2. High-Potential Candidates Are Like Gold
    2. Helping High Achievers Reach Their Potential
      1. Aha! Moments: Develop Your Capacity for Adaptive Thinking
      2. Making Succession Planning a Priority
      3. Five Must-Have Qualities for Leaders
      4. Involve the Board
    3. Mentoring Rising Stars
    4. Developing the Soft Skills
  17. Index
  18. About the Author