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The First Two Rules of Leadership

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How to achieve extraordinary results with class

How can you improve your leadership results beginning right now? The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don't be Stupid, Don't be a Jerk provides a clear path to increased results and higher job satisfaction for the leader and the people he is leading. Written for the leader who wants to do great things, but is overwhelmed with the complexities of leading, it is a book with a very simple message: think your decisions through and take care of your team.

Written by bestselling author David Cottrell, The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don't be Stupid, Don't be a Jerk offers tried-and-true leadership strategies that stand the test of time—all of which you can put into practice today to positive results. The principles discussed apply to businesses in every industry, as well as schools, hospitals, churches, and even homes. By following the two rules outlined in the book's title, you'll improve morale, decrease turnover, increase your own job satisfaction, and have a whole lot more fun leading.

  • Lead with confidence and class
  • Make better decisions and develop synchronization on your team
  • Coach smart, deal with poor performers, and focus on what's really important
  • Listen to your team, encourage positive performance, and attack complacency

You can lead your team to achieve extraordinary results! The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don't be Stupid, Don't be a Jerk gives you the expert tips and tricks you need to treat your team with dignity and respect—so you can all enjoy the benefits of winning with class.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Introduction
  6. Don't be Stupid
    1. Don't Be Stupid—Hire Smart
      1. Smart Hiring
      2. Seeing Their Best
    2. Don't Be Stupid—Coach Smart
      1. Myths of Coaching
      2. Everyone Is Not the Same
      3. Are You Coaching Smart?
    3. Don't Be Stupid—Deal with the Sleeping Stars
      1. Leadership Lesson from the Links
      2. Your Toughest Job
      3. Check Yourself
      4. The Irony
    4. Don't Be Stupid—Synchronize
      1. Why Synchronize?
      2. Simplify
      3. Synchronization Begins with You
      4. Unintended Contradictions
    5. Don't Be Stupid—Concentrate
      1. Taking Control
      2. Establish Order
      3. Identify Your Priorities
      4. Know When to Say No
      5. Attack Procrastination
      6. Managing Your Concentration
      7. Meetings with Meaning
      8. Balancing It All
    6. Don't Be Stupid—Value Integrity
      1. Integrity Breach—Everyone Is Vulnerable
      2. Trustworthy
      3. Guarding Trust
      4. Leading with Integrity
      5. Cornerstones of Integrity
      6. Everything Counts
      7. Confidentiality
  7. Don't be a Jerk
    1. Don't Be a Jerk—Listen Up
      1. Be Present
      2. Be Patient
      3. Be Active
      4. Be Interested
      5. Leadership for Breakfast
      6. Don't Lead Naked
    2. Don't Be a Jerk—Make a Decision
      1. Decisiveness
      2. Contingency Planning
      3. The Last to Know
      4. Dealing with Interpersonal Conflicts
      5. Molehills to Mountains
      6. Find Solutions Quickly
      7. Dealing with Adversity
    3. Don't Be a Jerk—Answer Why
      1. Why Do We Do What We Do?
      2. Sharing Knowledge
      3. The 95/5 Rule
      4. Tumbleweed or Redwood
    4. Don't Be a Jerk—Encourage
      1. Do You Care?
      2. Managing the Climate
    5. Don't Be a Jerk—Attack Complacency
      1. When Mediocrity Sets In
      2. Change Is Good…Your Turn
      3. Moving Through the Exit Door
      4. But, Times Are Good …
      5. Hero or Jerk?
      6. Grand Entrance
    6. Don't Be a Jerk—Lead with Confidence
      1. What Do You See?
      2. Attitude Is Internally Controlled
      3. Look Inside
      4. Something Can Be Done…
      5. There Is Something You Can Do…
      6. Optimistic Confidence
  8. Winning with Class
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About the Author
  11. Three Ways to Bring The First Two Rules of Leadership into Your Organization
  12. Everyone Nedds to Lead
  13. The First Two Rules of Leadership Package
  14. Other Books by David Cottrell
  15. Index
  16. End User License Agreement