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The Little Book of Leadership Development

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Great things come in little packages: 50 commonsense (but rarely common) ideas for building the leadership potential of others. How many managers have time to plow through big books of leadership development? None! And they’ll never need to with this slender book of 50 simple yet powerful ideas. The Little Book of Leadership Development goes straight to the heart of great leadership. Free of complicated theories, it focuses on what really works to get people motivated, working effectively, and acting as leaders themselves. The book delivers streamlined instructions on modeling behaviors, sharing information, building accountability, stretching teams, providing feedback, and 45 other practical strategies. Readers will be able to design a system of development tailored to their team and organization. Managers with the ability to self-reflect and a willingness to implement these positive, powerful ideas will see quick improvements—in communication, efficiency, morale, and every other measure that points to a committed team of emerging leaders.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
  8. Part 1. Development by Modeling Effective Leadership
    1. [1] Clarify Team Expectations
    2. [2] Model the Way
    3. [3] Recognize and Reward Achievement
    4. [4] Model Effective Confrontation
    5. [5] Provide Challenge and Support
    6. [6] Keep the Troops in the Loop
    7. [7] Check in with a Thought of the Day
    8. [8] Realize Your Team Is Your Customer
    9. [9] Use the Pygmalion Effect
    10. [10] Coach for Performance
    11. [11] Facilitate a Culture of Accountability
    12. [12] Tap into Their Passion, Unleash the Energy
    13. [13] Hold Standing One-on-Ones
    14. [14] Help Make Their Vision a Reality
    15. [15] Solidify Their Learning
  9. Part 2. Development Through Skill Building
    1. [16] Stretch Your Team—Always
    2. [17] Switch It Up
    3. [18] Have Them Lead the Team
    4. [19] Create Great Communicators
    5. [20] Grow Their Roles
    6. [21] Let Them Answer the “How”
    7. [22] Establish Action Learning Projects
    8. [23] Design a Department Retreat
    9. [24] Implement an Operating Calendar
    10. [25] Create a Culture of Benchmarking
  10. Part 3. Development Through Conceptual Understanding
    1. [26] Foster Critical Reflection
    2. [27] Host a Book/Article Club
    3. [28] Foster a Friendly Debate
    4. [29] Create an Organizational FAQ
    5. [30] Conduct a Quick Case Study
    6. [31] Bring in Support
    7. [32] Remain Focused on the Solutions, Not the Barriers
    8. [33] Conduct After-Action Reviews
    9. [34] Help Diagnose the Challenge—Technical or Adaptive?
    10. [35] Transfer School Work Back to Your Work
  11. Part 4. Development Through Personal Growth
    1. [36] Foster Growth Through Personal Development Plans
    2. [37] Capture and Share the Learning
    3. [38] Develop Emotional Intelligence
    4. [39] Facilitate Developmental Relationships
    5. [40] Encourage Service in the Community
    6. [41] Get Out in the Field
    7. [42] Coordinate an On-Boarding Process
    8. [43] Facilitate Cross-Departmental Problem Solving
    9. [44] Create Teachers and Leaders
    10. [45] Give Out the Monumental Assignment
  12. Part 5. Development Through Feedback
    1. [46] Create a Culture of Feedback
    2. [47] Set Aside Time for Self-Evaluation
    3. [48] Provide Development Through Assessment
    4. [49] Ask the Tough Questions
    5. [50] Capture the Learning from Hardships and Failure
  13. Conclusion
  14. The LD50 Snapshot
  15. Notes
  16. Index
  17. About the Authors