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Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously in Charge

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The coauthor of the classic bestseller Boundaries, with over 2 million copies sold, and an expert on the psychology of business and leadership performance explains the behavioral reasons why some people get great results and others don't.

In Boundaries for Leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud gives leaders the tools and techniques they need to achieve the performance they desire?in their organizations and in themselves. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, Dr. Cloud shows why ...

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The coauthor of the classic bestseller Boundaries, with over 2 million copies sold, and an expert on the psychology of business and leadership performance explains the behavioral reasons why some people get great results and others don't.

In Boundaries for Leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud gives leaders the tools and techniques they need to achieve the performance they desire—in their organizations and in themselves. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, Dr. Cloud shows why it's critical for leaders to set the conditions that make people's brains perform at their highest levels. How do great leaders do this? One way is through the creation of "boundaries"—structures that determine what will exist and what will not.

Here you will learn seven leadership boundaries that set the stage, tone, and culture for a results-driven organization, including how to

  • help people focus their attention on the things that matter most;
  • build the emotional climate that drives brain functioning;
  • facilitate connections that boost energy and momentum;
  • create organizational thought patterns that limit negativity and helplessness;
  • identify paths for people to take control of the activities that drive results;
  • create high-performance teams organized around the behaviors that drive results; and
  • lead yourself in a manner that protects the vision.

The strong call to action in this book is that leaders are ridiculously in charge of all these elements, and they must own what they either create or allow to exist.

Filled with inspiring and practical examples from Dr. Cloud's coaching practice, Boundaries for Leaders is essential reading for everyone who aspires to lead companies, teams, and cultures defined by high performance and healthy relationships.

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How leaders should lead has been a lively issue ever since people began thinking seriously about business, but recently ideas about how the workplace works best have changed. Case studies and neuroscience research have given astute observers a keener sense of employee motivation and customer satisfaction. Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Henry Cloud (Boundaries; Safe People) can boast both the theoretical training and on-the-spot executive counseling that give real-world authority to organizational advice. His Boundaries for Leaders lays out the do's and don'ts that successful managers and workers adhere to while others just rail and rant. A sensible corrective to intuitive leadership tactics.

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Cloud (Boundaries) argues that the personal and interpersonal side of leadership is every bit as important as vision and execution. Leaders, he shows, set the stage and either propel or derail, and most of the time these issues have little to do with a leader's business acumen and more to do with how they lead people and the culture they foster. To that end, Cloud puts forth the principles of boundaries-"structures that determine what will exist"-as a key component of effective leadership. He identifies seven leadership boundaries that make everything else work (or not) and shows how they set the tone and climate for performance. Leaders, Cloud suggests, are what they create and what they allow: the vision they invite, goals employees pursue, and behavior that is and isn't allowed. Leaders set the agenda and make the rules and therefore own the culture and the boundaries, which includes allowing for employee brains to work. Cloud also considers leaders to be the gatekeepers of organizational thinking, stressing the connection between control and results. For all leaders who have had less-than-hoped-for outcomes, Cloud offers an insightful and fresh approach to managing people to get the desired results. Agent: Shannon Marven, Dupree Miller & Associates.
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“…the book offers a valuable perspective and ideas.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062206336
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 71,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Henry Cloud has been a highly sought-after clinical psychologist and leadership consultant for CEOs and companies for more than twenty-fiveyears, whose unique focus encompasses an expertise and understanding of how people perform and relate. He is in demand on many national networks as a speaker and media contributor, and has written numerous books, including Integrity, Necessary Endings, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life, and Boundaries, among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    I heard Dr. Henry Cloud speak at Women of Faith one year and rea

    I heard Dr. Henry Cloud speak at Women of Faith one year and really enjoyed him. My friends and I have been referring to ourselves as monkeys (as the need arises) ever since that event. So, when I saw that Booksneeze was offering one of his books to read and that it was on leadership (big topic in our household lately) I knew that I had to get it.

    Many of the leadership books that I've been reading lately have been about leading in general through all aspects of life. This one focused on being a CEO of a company. That made it a little harder for me to see how it could pertain to all aspects in my life while I was reading it. When I went back and pulled together all the parts that I had underlined and the notes I had written in the margin, I saw that I did gather a good chunk of information that I can use in my daily life as a mom running my business called home.

    I found a strong connection between this book and what I've been learning about leadership from LIFE Leadership. Doing all you can do and not worrying about the stuff that you have no control over. Which does not mean ignoring the stuff you cannot control, you still need to acknowledge that it's there but then you need to move on. PDCA: plan, do, check, and adjust by using daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings with either a mentor or an accountability team. Make sure that your big rocks go in first and above that, know what your big rocks are and keep them in front of you every day.

    The new thought sparks I got from this book was the idea of Learned Helplessness and that it starts at childhood. We grow up and tuck those moments away leaving the residue to be sparked by every day things. Those sparks set off the helplessness and leave us and those around us wondering what just happened. The mind is an amazing machine. I call it a machine because there are all sorts of parts in there that I just don't understand their function but I know that they are there for a purpose.

    I enjoyed the book and think it would be an excellent read for anyone thinking about starting a business, running their own business, or are currently a CEO. For the average reader trying to learn more about how they can lead in their lives and communities, there are more helpful books out there to gather information from.

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