Attitude - The Cornerstone of Leadership

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Being a leader is all about attitude. Or, in this case, ATTITUDE. An acronym with simple, practical concepts describing the personal characteristics of the best leaders and how to develop those characteristics in yourself.

ATTITUDE follows several key concepts: First, of course, attitude itself, and your positivity or negativity in everyday life. The rest of the acronym - teamwork, toughness, intelligence, thank you, you, determination, and effort - is everything you need in ...

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Overview

Being a leader is all about attitude. Or, in this case, ATTITUDE. An acronym with simple, practical concepts describing the personal characteristics of the best leaders and how to develop those characteristics in yourself.

ATTITUDE follows several key concepts: First, of course, attitude itself, and your positivity or negativity in everyday life. The rest of the acronym - teamwork, toughness, intelligence, thank you, you, determination, and effort - is everything you need in order to lead people, not by words but by the inspiring way in which you conduct yourself and show up every day ready to listen, learn, and grow.

The concepts presented are uncomplicated, addressing leadership through real-world examples. For example, effort itself is nothing if it is not consistent. Success cannot come without a willingness to fail and make mistakes - and to learn from those mistakes and show up the next day with the determination to try again and take personal responsibility. Toughness is not hardness, but instead, working through difficult times without a litany of complaints and, perhaps most important, true intelligence comes from an understanding that knowledge is not always displayed by showing how much you know, but by how well you listen.

These characteristics add up to a successful leader - not because he or she tells people what to do, but because he or she embodies characteristics that others will aspire to. Use this fun and insightful guide to think about the principles of leadership and how you can apply them in everyday life.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-06
Debut author Sullivan offers a fresh look at the influence "attitude" plays on effective leadership. The author uses his decades of experience as a high school and college basketball coach, teacher and administrator, along with wisdom gleaned from three key figures in his life––coach Gordie Gillespie, Bishop Roger Kaffer and Dr. Jack Orr––to support his thesis that the cornerstone of leadership is "attitude." Using the acronym ATTITUDE to organize the chapters, Sullivan examines Attitude, Teamwork, Toughness, Intelligence, Thank You, Determination and Effort. Solid leadership principles emerge with each chapter's topic. For example, Sullivan writes that leaders must develop good listening skills and persevere in their core values (Intelligence); thank the people in their organization (Thank You); maintain a high failure quotient by not being afraid of failure (Determination); and demonstrate consistency of effort, which he claims is the hallmark of great leaders (Effort). The author asserts that learning how to criticize is one of the most important skills for any manager, and then he reveals a real gem, polished to perfection by experience––he calls it the "sandwich theory"––where the person is affirmed, the performance criticized. "We praise, critique, and then praise again, thus sandwiching the critique with praise," he says. He offers an example from coaching: "You know you are a fine player, but why would you throw the difficult pass instead of the easier pass to keep our offense moving? Now get back out there and show everyone how an All-Conference player performs!" Generally, the primer is well-organized, concise and easy to read, with good references to other well-known business titles, and Sullivan includes entertaining and sage anecdotes drawn from his career. The "war stories" are a bit overdone, however, and become personal or sentimental testimonials of appreciation for the coaches, priests and students with whom the author worked. But this is easily excused by the fine examples of leadership shown by the author and his accomplished mentors. A thoughtful discussion of the traits that characterize good leadership, concisely presented with humor and warmth, devoid of jargon or pretense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482708585
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/15/2013
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 647,774
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Sullivan was a successful basketball coach, teacher, and administrator in the Chicago area for forty-four years. His high school and college teams won 599 games in his career and he was named Coach of the Year at the conference and state levels on twelve occasions and Coach of the Tournament in the prestigious National Catholic Basketball Tournament in 1986. He was named Coach of the Year in each of the four decades he coached. He has spoken at coaches clinics throughout America for the USA Coaching Clinics and has presented clinics and/or camps in Belgium, Austria, Ireland, and Greece. He has also spoken to businesses from Boston to San Francisco on leadership.

Among his many honors are valedictorian of his Lewis College graduating class, NAIA State of Illinois and the Great Lakes Region Athletic Administrator of the Year, and Community Leaders of America. Lewis University gave him the Distinguished Alumni Award in Education, and the Will County Chamber of Commerce presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. His career was recognized with two recent honors. He received the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Buzzy O'Connor Award for lifetime contributions to Illinois basketball and had the recreation center at the University of St. Francis named the Pat Sullivan Center.

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