You are previewing The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader.
O'Reilly logo
The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader

Book Description

Establish the terms and conditions of a "Leadership Contract" to ensure the success of your company

Recent studies show that only 7 percent of employees have trust and confidence in their senior leaders. How can we ever get our organizations to succeed if so few employees believe in their senior leaders? The Leadership Contract explains why leadership, and specifically leadership culture, is the only real differentiator between the organizations that thrive and those that fall behind. This book explains how to establish a leadership contract that is fully understood and agreed upon by business leaders to ensure the success of their company.

The book lays out the four terms and conditions of the leadership contract and enlists leaders in making a conscious decision to lead, including the understanding that leadership is a decision, entails an obligation, is difficult, and requires a community.

  • Designed for top-level executives, mid-level managers, front-line leaders, and emerging leaders, the book identifies the shortcomings of current leadership methods and explains how to adopt new policies and mentalities to make you a better leader and ensure business success

  • Author Vince Molinaro, Ph.D., CMC is the author of two successful books, Leadership Solutions and The Leadership Gap and is also a Certified Management Consultant

  • Create the contract that ensures your leadership will take your organization to new heights.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Contents
    6. INTRODUCTION
      1. Redefining How You Lead
      2. The Leadership Contract
      3. A Word of Warning
    7. CHAPTER 1: My Personal Leadership Story
      1. Is Leadership Worth Dying For?
      2. Why Are Some Leaders Such Jerks?
      3. Why Are Many Leaders So Lame?
      4. Has Anyone Noticed That We've Stopped Talking about Our Values?
      5. How Do You Create a Vibrant Culture?
      6. Reflect—Your Personal Leadership Story
    8. CHAPTER 2: What's Wrong with Leadership Today?
      1. When Organizations Let Us Down
      2. Leadership Is Disconnected
      3. Leadership Is Disappointing
      4. Leadership Is Disgraceful
      5. How Did We Get Here?
      6. It's Time We Stop Settling—and Start Expecting More
      7. Reflect—What's Wrong with Leadership Today?
    9. CHAPTER 3: Why We Need a Leadership Contract
      1. The Leadership Contract and Its Four Terms
      2. Reflect—Why We Need a Leadership Contract
    10. CHAPTER 4: Leadership Is a Decision—Make It
      1. Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Be a Leader Anymore
      2. Why You Need to Make the Leadership Decision
      3. The Two Kinds of Leadership Decisions
      4. Big D and Small d Leadership Decisions—Clarity and Commitment
      5. A Real Leadership Decision Is Visceral
      6. Deciding Not to Lead Is an Important Leadership Decision
      7. Final Thoughts—Get Your Act Together
      8. Reflect—Leadership Is a Decision
    11. CHAPTER 5: Leadership Is an Obligation—Step Up
      1. The Iron Ring Ceremony
      2. What's It Going to Take?
      3. The Five Core Obligations of Leadership
      4. The Five Core Obligations in Action
      5. Revisiting the Iron Ring Ceremony and What It Means for Leaders
      6. Final Thoughts—Leadership Is an Obligation
      7. Reflect—Leadership Is an Obligation
    12. CHAPTER 6: Leadership Is Hard Work—Get Tough
      1. Do We Have Wimps or Leaders in Our Organizations?
      2. The Hard Rule of Leadership
      3. Final Thoughts—It's Time to Get Tough
      4. Reflect—Leadership Is Hard Work
    13. CHAPTER 7: Leadership Is a Community—Connect
      1. The Missed Opportunity
      2. We Are Wired for Community
      3. A Rotting of Zombies
      4. A League of Heroes
      5. A Stable of Thoroughbreds
      6. It's Time to Build a Community of Leaders
      7. A Strong Community of Leaders—Clarity and Commitment
      8. Has Everyone Noticed the Change in the Room?
      9. Final Thoughts—How Is Help Defined in Your Organization?
      10. Reflect—Leadership Is a Community
    14. CHAPTER 8: Signing the Leadership Contract
      1. It's Time to Sign the Leadership Contract
      2. The One Thing You Cannot Do
      3. Signing the Document
      4. Create Your Own Leadership Contract
      5. Final Thoughts—Signing the Leadership Contract
      6. Reflect—Signing the Leadership Contract
    15. CHAPTER 9: The Turning Points of Leadership
      1. Revisiting the Turning Points of Leadership
      2. Final Thoughts—The Turning Points of Leadership
      3. Reflect—The Turning Points of Leadership
    16. CHAPTER 10: Putting the Leadership Contract into Action
      1. Foundational Strategies for Putting the Leadership Contract into Action
      2. Regular Practices to Put the Leadership Contract into Action
      3. Putting the Leadership Contract into Action within Your Organization
      4. Create Your Own Organization's Leadership Contract
      5. Final Thoughts—Redefining How We Lead
    17. NOTES
    18. Acknowledgments
    19. About the Author
    20. ABOUT KNIGHTSBRIDGE HUMAN CAPITAL SOLUTIONS
    21. INDEX